With just one week to go before the Canadian general election, Vancouver lawns are bearing fresh crops of political signs. My ride to work is flanked with splashes of red, blue*, orange, and occasionally green. One house down our street even has Liberal, NDP and Conservative signs, side by side on the front lawn, which I don’t understand. Not even one little bit, unless it’s intended as a joke.
But then again I’ve never really seen the point of having even one sign on your property. Are people really influenced by indicators of how their neighbours are voting? Might it sway them into voting tactically, say if they get scared by the number of Conservative party signs?
But aren’t the parties who are doing the worst in the polls going to be the most aggressive about putting signs in their supporters’ gardens? That certainly seems to be the case in my riding, where those nasty blue signs are everywhere but the Conservatives are apparently a distant third in the polls behind the NDP and Liberals, and might even finish behind the Greens.
What really doesn’t make sense is the house I pass every day that has an Obama-Biden sign in the window. Dude, this is Canada, FFS.
*Note to American readers: in Canada, the UK, and every other country that I can think of except for the US, the left wing party uses red and the right wing party uses blue. If anyone knows the history behind the decision to use the opposite colour scheme in the US, please let me know! It’s something that bugs me and no-one seems to know the answer…