The Calgary Skyview federal NDP candidate Gurinder Singh Gill’s campaign team is scrambling, after his election signs around the city were vandalized with racist slurs.
A large vandalized orange square sign with Gill’s face and the name was shared on social media.
The photo showed black spray paint scrawled across the sign that read: “Go back, MF….”
A picture of the vandalized sign shared by Twitter user Serena-Rae Moar was described as “horrible and disgusting”.
This is absolutely horrible and disgusting. I can’t believe this happened in my riding nonetheless. Racist and intolerant views will not be condoned in 2019, and I’m so sorry this happened to this candidate. Jesus. Do better Calgary Skyview. 🤬🙄😢 #cdnpoli #cdnmedia #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/wtwk9wQ10J— Serena-Rae Moar 🏳️🌈 (@MoarSerena) September 23, 2019
The tweet was retweeted more than 300 times, and dozens of Twitter users are calling the actions racist and inappropriate.
This is so sad and hurtful! #notmyalberta— Marg McCuaig-Boyd (@MargMcCuaigBoyd) September 24, 2019
On the other hand, the NDP candidate Gurinder Singh Gill says he is grateful for the support of community members.
Singh said, “It was unfortunate, pretty hurtful. It’s not about me or the perpetrator it’s about the events that have been unfolding recently.”
Gill described this act as a hate crime, which is ‘hurtful’.
On is facebook page, Gurinder Singh Gill wrote: “These incidents will not stop #TeamGill from building a better community and Canada for all.”
Thank you to everyone who has stood with us against vandalism and hate crime! These incidents will not stop #TeamGill…Posted by gurindersinghgill.ndp on Monday, September 23, 2019
As per reports, the damaged signs came into sight in several locations, including Martindale, Westwinds and near 80 Avenue, Gill said.
Gurinder Singh Gill said that his team is focusing on taking them down as fast as possible.