VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As political sparks continue to fly over the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the constituency office of the woman at the centre of it all has been struck by vandals.
Graffiti by Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Vancouver office at Broadway and Alder St. seems to support Jody and denounce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Canadians believe Jody” “Flush the Turd 2019” and “Make Canada Great Again” spray painted on the road on Broadway outside @Puglaas’s Vancouver constituency office #bcpoli #cdnpoli #SNCLavalinScandal pic.twitter.com/VxIHFhUAaP
— Lasia Kretzel (@lkretzel1130) April 8, 2019
The words, spray-painted in white and red on the road and sidewalk, say things like “Let Jody speak,” “Trudeau for treason,” and “Make Canada great again.”
The largest says, “Make B.C. the best coast again.”
The office windows were painted but have since been cleaned.
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Vancouver police confirm they were called to a report of mischief at the constituency office early Monday morning. A 37-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested.
Officers also seized several cans of spray paint. Charges of mischief may be laid.
.@VancouverPD says a 37-y-o man is in custody. They say the the messages were not threatening/derogatory and officers have seized several cans of spray paint. The messages on the window have since been removed while the cleanup of the sidewalk is underway. Details on @NEWS1130. https://t.co/fNM8xh4W9S
— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) April 8, 2019
Wilson-Raybould tweeted about the incident, saying she appreciated people wanting to show support but encouraged them to do so without damaging property.
While I appreciate people wanting to show their support and enthusiasm as well as express their views, I would encourage them to do so without damaging private or public property or putting themselves in harm's way. Thank you. https://t.co/GDW7wkptJN
— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) April 8, 2019
Penny, who lives in the constituency, agrees. “It’s a weird way to show your support.”
“This is horrendous. Whatever point they are trying to make, there are better ways that you can do it. You’re just going to anger the residents of the neighbourhood. It’s the wrong thing to do,” she said.
Lydia walked by the graffiti and told NEWS 1130 this is a growing sign of disappointment in the Liberals. “I think this is very impactful. I think it’s a good way of raising awareness.”
Last week, Wilson-Raybould and fellow MP Jane Philpott were removed from the Liberal party.
Wilson-Raybould stepped down from Trudeau’s cabinet in February after he shuffled her out of the coveted justice portfolio. Philpott followed suit three weeks later, surrendering her role as Indigenous Services minister over what she called a lack of confidence in how the Prime Minister’s Office had handled the SNC-Lavalin controversy.
– With files from Sonia Aslam