Sign Wars


For decades, armchair political analysts have cited “Sign Wars” as a measure of who is winning and losing local riding-level campaigns.

This highly-unscientific polling technique simply counts up which candidates have the most lawn signs in any given location. But as any hardened poll captain can aver, the preponderance of lawn signs is seldom an indication of anything more than an effective and aggressive lawn sign crew.

The culture of lawn signs is decidedly more a Rest Of Canada phenomenon. While Quebeckers used lawn signs (and perhaps even more commonly, balcony signs) in the 1980 and 1995 referendums, they tend to be more demure about flashing their party support in general elections. Signs during election time in Quebec are largely reserved for public locations – especially lamp poles and hydro posts.

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