A candidate for a seat on the city council in Brockville, Ontario, has had five election campaign posters defaced, one of them with the word “homophobe” in black spray paint
Jeff Earle, a council veteran of 23 years, is convinced the “homophobe” charge stems from a vote last February preventing debate on a motion to fly the rainbow flag behind city hall during the Winter Olympics.
A unanimous vote was required to get the motion to the floor. Earle, the only councillor to oppose hearing the motion, says he blocked the vote because of a desire to keep politics out of the Olympics.
Earle, who says the vandalism should be treated as a hate crime, resents being tarred as a homophobe because of that vote:
“I treat it as a hate crime. For them to label that, I find it a little offensive. That vote was not about whether you support individuals.”
City police are currently investigating.
[sign photo via Ronald Zajac/The Recorder and Times]