** UPDATED BELOW with Mayors response**
Mayor Jordan Sturdy admits to removing sign from public property
PEMBERTON – (Wednesday, July 13, 2011) – In a stunning revelation today Fight HST organizers learned that Pemberton Mayor Jordan Sturdy stole a Fight HST lawn sign from public property.
Fight HST organizer for the Sea to Sky corridor, Kelly Carson, was notified of the theft by an undisclosed source who witnessed the mayor driving up, removing the sign and taking it into his vehicle. Carson immediately contacted Sturdy, who admitted to taking the sign.
“I couldn’t believe that a person of his standing, who knows the law and has been involved in previous elections, would lower himself to such a level. We’ve had numerous signs vandalized and stolen, but to see a person of such high standing in the community do such a despicable thing just sickens me,” said Carson.
Carson says Mayor Sturdy told her he removed the sign because although it was on public property, it was close to his home and he didn’t want anyone thinking he opposed the HST. He told Carson he didn’t want to be associated with people opposed to the HST.
“This also demonstrates how close the mayor is with the government. He’s marginalizing the very people who voted for him. I’m sure he didn’t mind being associated with people who oppose the HST during his election. I thought municipal politicians were supposed to represent all the people regardless of their political views,” said Carson.
Carson says she has reported the incident to the RCMP detachment for Squamish, and has requested that charges be laid.
“Mayor Sturdy has admitted to the theft. He has admitted to committing mischief with our signs. Both of those actions are prohibited by the Criminal Code of Canada. We want the RCMP to hold this man to account so that the public can know about his distasteful actions, and to serve as a warning to others who think they can vandalize and steal referendum signs with impunity,” concluded Carson.
** UPDATE** Mayor Sturdy did not reply to a request for a comment by the time of this posting but did return my call to him at 10: 30 am.
We spoke by cell,and I asked Jordon what happened here. I made it clear that I am not in support of the HST, but wanted to hear why he thought he was above the law.
He stated that the signs were immediately adjacent to his farm, which is a public farm and open every day. He does not want to be associated with the anti HST movement and did not want the signs to reflect on his farm business, so he admitted he did take the signs down and put them into his car, however, he claims to have placed them back along the road further down from his farm where they remain today.
I asked if he could understand why people were so angry, and that the signs were legally placed, and Sturdy replied that he does not intend to move any more signs and that he has learned his lesson. In fact, there are a whole new crop of signs in place of where he removed the previous ones -and he promises not to touch them.
(Mr. Sturdy would do well to watch his election signs comes the fall)