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Vandalism in Toronto to Liberal supporters mirrors exactly what occurred in Guelph

Well, we have another story in today’s Toronto Star over vandalism targeting Liberal supporters in that city:

Toronto police patrolled a midtown area overnight, after vandals cut brake lines on at least 10 cars parked at homes with Liberal election signs on their lawns. Affected residents live in the riding of St. Paul’s, in a swath of the city around Eglinton Ave. between Bathurst St. and Mount Pleasant Rd., and had Carolyn Bennett signs on their property. The cars were also damaged in other ways; some were scratched and keyed with L signs. Phone and cable lines of some homes were cut.

This is chilling, because this is EXACTLY what was done to Guelph Liberal supporters during the Guelph byelection campaign. Here are some pictures in the Guelph vandalism blogpost I did on that particular story.

This appears to be a concerted campaign of intimidation tactics aimed at Liberal voters. Call me paranoid, but I find it highly suspicious that the tactics would be almost the same in both cities (no spray-painting of houses was done in Toronto apparently). Do I blame any formal organized political party for actively doing this? Of course not, but it appears some folks are taking things into their own hands. I also mirror what Impolitical said at her blogsite; these disgusting criminal acts will not work at intimidation of those of us proud to call ourselves Liberals.

UPDATE @ 11:00 am: A press release sent to me from the Carolyn Bennett campaign indicates there was graffiti spray-painted at the Toronto homes as well. One of Ms Bennett’s campaign workers informs me that one house had spray-painted on it “B.Rae lies” and another said “McGuinty lies”.

Apparently, we’ve got people who can’t tell the difference between federal and provincial levels of government or the people running in them.

UPDATE 2 @ 11:50 am: The official Carolyn Bennett press release posted at the Liberal website talking about this despicable incident.

UPDATE 3 @ 12:38 pm: David Graham, who is a Guelph blogger, notes another similarity in this pattern:

To add to the “coincidence,” the Guelph attack took place exactly eleven days before by-election voting day, and the Toronto attack took place exactly eleven days before the general election voting day

UPDATE 4 @ 5:46pm: Impolitical now has a blog up that says Parkdale-High Park Liberal supporters were also targeted. This is getting ugly.

12 comments to Vandalism in Toronto to Liberal supporters mirrors exactly what occurred in Guelph

  • I will echo ALW and Devin both. We don’t know the political affiliation, if any, of the perpetrators of this. But given the venom directed at the Liberals by the CPC over the last year, it would not surprise me to find that it was this that motivated the crimes. And when the next car loaded with kids going to hockey, with cut brake lines, careens through a red light at Younge and York Mills, will we pretend that this is the work of a “psycho”? Or will it take that to admit that the political vitriol that has become the currency against the Liberals by, for the most part, Conservative supporters, in the last year?

    Garth Turner has been having trouble in Halton as well. this is becoming a pattern. A dangerous one that could easily escalate fast.

  • Ted

    This is discusting and criminal.
    We need Harper even more, no more “house arrest” for such criminal acts.

  • kwittet

    I have noticed in the Tillsonburg area that there seems to be alot of vandalism toward the current MP conservative Dave Mckenzie. His signs have nasty words drawn on them, hitler moustaches…not very nice stuff…i would suspect it would be the red sign supporters.

  • ALW

    Devin – why? If, for example, they turn out to happen to be NDP supporters, does it make any sense at all to blame the NDP? Of course not!

  • Just disgusting. I don’t know who is responsible for this, but they sure aren’t doing whichever party they support any favours.

  • mclea

    “It does suggest a coordinated, well-planned effort.”

    If by “well planned”, you mean hitting the bar early so that you are sufficiently drunk to go through with it, and by “well-coordinated” you mean a guy saying “I’ve got these 5 cars, you get the other 5.”

    Look, I’m not an expert on this or anything, but I’m pretty sure you don’t need a degree in Mechanical Engineering to cut a brake line. In fact, I’m pretty sure you can cut a rubber brake line with a good pair of scissors.

    But I apologize for letting “logic” and “reason” get in the way of your conspiracy theories.

  • Carrie

    It’s the Conservatives and/or the NDP. Just my opinion but it fits.

  • slg

    This is weird…Guelph and St. Paul’s riding – totally different regions. Obviously a sick, deliberate plan. I don’t want to point fingers, but it’s really hard not to.

    RCMP anyone?

  • Loraine Lamontagne

    Cutting the brake lines of ten cars overnight in Toronto – and the previous events in Guelph, donèt point to one sicko. It does suggest a coordinated, well-planned effort.

  • ALW

    Whoever is doing this is utterly psychotic and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    Hopefully it is only a sicko copying a sicko and NOT some coordinated effort -which would suggest a network of demented individuals.

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