These Are The Severe Punishments For Drawing On A Campaign Poster In Quebec
It's tempting, but don't do it!
Yesterday, the Montreal Gazette first shared a video showing two women deface the campaign poster of a muslim Québec Solidaure candidate with racist language.
TL;DR You can be fined up to $2,000 and receive two years of imprisonment for defacing a political poster.
The man who captured the video has since "filed an complaint with Élections Québec," according to the Gazette.
This has been the most blatant example of poster vandalism this election cycle.
But, of course, dozens of posters each year are the target of vandals, who graffiti everything from racist slurs, to objections, to jokes.
One need only stroll through any part of Montreal to spot the work of both mean-spirited and crafty vandals.
This year, Manon Massé, co-spokesperson of Québec Solidaire, appears to have drawn much of the vandals' attention.
As the only female leader of the four major parties in the province and a feminist advocate, she has been the subject of mysogynistic graffiti that often mocks her appearance – particularly her famous mustache.
Most vandals are never caught. Those that are become public examples in the justice system.
Indeed, such acts of vandalism are severely penalized.
According to the government of Canada, the maximum punishment for vandals, like the kind that are so frequent in Quebec during election season, is two years imprisonment.
In Montreal, vandals also face steep fines.
In at least some arrondissement, those fines can be as high as $1,000 to $2,000.
The Montreal police also warn that such vandalism could lead to criminal record.
It may take weeks for political campaigns to remove their election posters after the conclusion of the election this evening.
While it may be tempting to deface a poster especially after the conclusion of the political event, it's best to leave them alone.