Racist vandalism on more than two dozen campaign signs in the riding of London-Fanshawe has prompted equal measures of concern, and disgust from politicians of all stripes.
All of the signs belonged to Liberal candidate Khalil Ramal, and all of them were adorned with hateful messages — including the words ‘Arab scum,’ ‘Muslim scum.’
“I was upset… but this is not going to affect me, this is not going to change my direction, and change my conviction.” Ramal, who is Muslim, told AM980.
“I believe strongly in the people of London-Fanshawe, I believe strongly in the people of London, and I believe strongly in the people of Canada. That’s why I came from Lebanon in 1989 to a place that believes strongly in multi-culturalism and diversity.”
Approximately 20 to 30 signs in the area were defaced with racist messages either late Tuesday, or early Wednesday, according to officials with the Ramal campaign.
The incident has been reported to London Police.
London resident Maros Luzak noticed one of the defaced signs on Wednesday morning in the Adelaide and Osgoode Drive area while taking his daughter to daycare.
“It was shocking to see that kind of stuff is still going on in Canada,” he said.