“What are you passionate about, Lloyd?” “Steve, what gets you motivated?” A picture shared with Guelph Politico on Monday morning showed a pair of unusual signs joining the usual election sign menagerie on a major street corner in Guelph. Who designed them? Who paid for them? And who put them there? The mystery remains.
The signs themselves , which were place on the corner of Norfolk and Quebec across from the main library, had a purple background, white lettering, and the picture of a woman who couldn’t be identified by a reverse image search. The two signs in the picture above were directed at Liberal candidate Lloyd Longfield and Green Party candidate Steve Dyck, both considered to be the frontrunners of the Guelph race.
The only other thing on the sign was the social media hashtag “#GuelphElectionChat.” A quick search of the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram yielded no results, and neither did a Google search. It seemed like no one was using the hashtag.
There was nothing on the signs to indicate who might have placed them, and what group or special interest they were meant to support. The signs in the picture above were spotted at around 9:30 on Monday morning, but the picture below was taken around noon, and the signs, it seemed, had been removed.
When asked if City Bylaw might have been responsible for the removal of the signs, Doug Godfrey, general manager of Operations, told Guelph Politico, “these signs were not removed by Bylaw staff.”
The City might have been justified if they had though. According to the Election Sign Bylaw passed last year, “No person shall Place or permit to be Placed an Election Sign without an Election Sign Permit in respect of such Election Sign,” and, “Each Third Party Sign shall identify the name of the registered Third Party, the municipality where the Third Party is registered and a telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the registered Third Party may be contacted.”
For now, it seems like whatever plan these signs were meant to carry out where unsuccessful, but what was the goal with them? Where did they come from? Who put them up, and who took them down?
Did you see any of these signs around town on Election Day? Let us know in the comment section below.
UPDATE: Thursday October 24:
This photo was sent to Guelph Politico from the same source, and it features a message to NDP candidate Aisha Jahangir. If you note at the back behind the Ashish Sachan sign it looks like there’s a similar purple sign there too, but was it directed to Sachan and what was the message?
There are still no results when you search the hashtag “#GuelphElectionChat” on Twitter.