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Local provincial candidate blames 'trade unions' for campaign sign damage

The president of the Ottawa & District Labour Congress is demanding an apology from a local Progressive Conservative candidate who blamed union leaders and members for destroying and stealing her campaign signs.

Progressive Conservative candidate Lisa MacLeod alluded to blaming unions in a Facebook post late Monday, and repeated  the accusations during a press conference Tuesday morning.

"Whether it's another political party of whether it's a trade union, we know it's not the people of Nepean Carleton because simply in the four elections I've run in I've never seen this type of destruction, theft, or vandalism on anyone's signs," she told reporters.

MacLeod says the damage is being done to 30-40 signs per street in her riding.

Sean McKenny, the president of the Ottawa & District Labour Congress, called the accusations unfair.

"I get really, really well the frustration and I would be just as frustrated," he said. "She accused specifically unions of being the ones that were involved in taking down the signs.  It was unfortunate and it certainly wasn't warranted to make those accusations."

McKenny said sign vandalism and theft is something that happens in every election, and is something that's not just happening to the PCs.  Liberal Bob Chiarelli and NDP Alex Cullen both raised complaints similar to MacLeod's this week.

Police Chief Charles Bordeleau says the destruction of campaign signs is a criminal offense, and one that needs to be taken seriously.

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