A Jati Sidhu billboard, located on Highway 11 between Mission and Abbotsford, had to be partially covered during the election campaign.

Complaint filed about Mission Liberal candidate’s billboard, mailer

Brad Vis’ Conservative campaign has raised some issues regarding Jati Sidhu’s campaign

The Conservative and Liberal campaigns in the riding of Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon are raising concerns about each other.

According to Jeff Wilson, campaign manager for Conservative candidate Brad Vis, they have lodged complaints with Elections Canada regarding political rival Liberal Jati Sidhu’s campaign.

One complaint is in regard to some billboards that Sidhu has had on display for several years. The signs – the closest is located on Highway 11, by Harris Road – identify Sidhu as an MP, reference the Government of Canada and include a phone number to his constituency office.

“That is a violation of the Elections Canada Act and the RO (returning officer) has now ordered those signs taken down,” said Wilson, adding candidates are not allowed to use the designation MP.

Wilson also said that Sidhu’s constituency office is a taxpayer-funded office and has nothing to do with the campaign.

However, when the Sidhu campaign was asked about the billboards, they said the issue had already been dealt with.

In an email to The Record, Sidhu acknowledged that the returning officer had brought up the subject of his public service announcement billboards.

“As requested, I took action as soon as possible and implemented the necessary changes,” he wrote.

Sidhu was not required to remove the signs; rather, he had to cover up the phone number and other references. Sections of the sign have been covered, but the MP reference remains.

A second complaint from the local Conservatives states that Sidhu also sent out a parliamentary mailer, which arrived in local voters’ mail boxes 10 days after the writ dropped.

According to Wilson, an MP’s office isn’t supposed to send out mailers 36 days before an election. That way, they aren’t using their MP budget to do electioneering.

However, Sidhu explained that his campaign has no control over the delivery schedule, noting that each of the 338 MPs are given the opportunity to regularly communicate with their constituents through what are called “householders.”

“My office, at the beginning of August this year, submitted a householder with a request it be printed and mailed by the Printing and Mailing Services (PAMS) of the House of Commons and the request was accepted for processing shortly thereafter.

“It was anticipated that the householder would have been completed and mailed in August by PAMS. However, due to the high volume of print material requests for PAMS, there was a significant backlog.”

Sidhu went on to write that PAMS delivered the completed householder to Canada Post for mailing prior to the election being called.

“All rules and regulations were followed in the process and my office had no control over the print or delivery schedules.”

Sidhu then took the opportunity to comment on the Conservative campaign.

“Residents had reached out to my office, noting that the local Conservative campaign had taken an unfair advantage over the other political parties, by disregarding the municipal bylaw and putting up their campaign signs well before the election campaign was officially announced,” he wrote.

Wilson said they are aware of one Conservative supporter who put up a sign one or two days before the writ dropped, and they have spoken with the municipality about the issue.

Just Posted

Ground breaking ceremony at site of new Ledgeview Golf Course clubhouse in Abbotsford

Construction slated to start in November with total budget of $6.8 million

SLIDESHOW: West Coast Women’s Show

Largest women’s show in Western Canada returns to TRADEX this weekend

Elizabeth’s Wildlife Centre in Abbotsford could use a boost

Non-profit centre launches online campaign to raise money for upgrades

Where should retail cannabis stores be located in Mission?

A public hearing regarding marijuana sales is set to take place in Mission on Oct. 21

One man in custody after heavily armed Abbotsford police units surround house while serving warrant

Police barricades blocked off roadway on Upper Maclure Road and Firhill Drive

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Kamloops Blazers blank Vancouver Giants

A loss on the road for G-men

Man found dead inside Richmond business, IHIT investigating

Police believe the incident was not random

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Most Read