STOP HARPER - #StopHarper stickers have been popping up on ‘Stop’ signs around the City as well as in Red Deer County on Gasoline Alley where this sticker was spotted.

National anti-Harper campaign reaches Red Deer

  • Jul. 15, 2015 3:13 p.m.

With less than 100 days left until Canada’s next federal election, politicians are busy campaigning to ensure their party’s success, with some citizens launching political campaigns of their own.

Recently the City of Red Deer’s Public Works department has removed as many as 24 stickers from ‘Stop’ signs around the City over the last week, with the stickers toting the word ‘HARPER’ underneath the word ‘STOP’. The stickers are part of a campaign aimed at Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“The City has been advised through a number of means such as public complaints and the ‘Report a Problem’ facet on our web site which allows residents to report graffiti and vandalism,” explained Greg Sikora, Public Works manager for the City. “They (residents) had identified the issue of the stickers on the signs and in response we have mobilized forces through our routine maintenance to remove the stickers.

“This is just another sign of vandalism and we will maintain those signs just as if someone had vandalized them in any other way – vandalism is not appropriate.”

Although no resident of Red Deer has stepped forward to take claim over what public works officials are calling vandalism, the stickers can be traced to the web site

The web site states the #StopHarper sticker campaign has reached 30 towns in six provinces in the first month of the campaign; with the site also stating the stickers are part of a ‘political art campaign’.

However, with neither the City nor the RCMP recognizing the signs as ‘political art’, officials from the local police detachment have stated defacing a traffic sign falls under the Criminal Code as mischief.

“Mischief charges under the Criminal Code of Canada fall into two categories, summary or indictable, depending on the type of property that has been damaged,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Shepherd, of the Red Deer RCMP. “In this case, vandalizing a ‘Stop’ sign would likely be a summary offence, which is punishable by up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $2,000.”

Meanwhile earlier this week, Colin Connon, assistant to local Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen, said Dreeshen will not be commenting on this issue.

The City invites residents to use the web site,, to report graffiti and vandalism they may see.

Just Posted

Cilantro and Chive wins big at 2018 Alberta Beer Awards

Lacombe business takes home top honours for Pub/Restaurant of the Year

Certified Sustainable Beef Workshop introduces new approach

Alberta beef industry is one of the most sustainable industries in the province

Six people arrested in stolen vehicle operation

Red Deer RCMP executed outstanding warrants involving 42 Criminal Code charges

A special fundraising concert in support of A Better World runs April 7th

Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra is teaming up with the Lacombe-based Rosedale Valley Strings

WATCH: Record number of nominees for Women of Excellence

Various Central Alberta women recognized for their different contributions

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Northern lights chasers in Canada discover new type named ‘Steve’

Phenomenon linked to a powerful current created by charged particles in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Washington state backs B.C. in pipeline dispute

Governor Jay Inslee says he is ‘allied’ with the province on Trans Mountain expansion projection

Over 250 First Nations teams to converge on Edmonton for Native provincials

The 25th anniversary of the Alberta Native Provincial Hockey Championships starts April 5

Leduc County resident comes home, finds four culprits robbing the place

Leduc RCMP arrest four suspects after rural break and enter

Mother convicted of killing daughters in ‘honour killing’ ordered deported

A woman found guilty in 2012 of murdering her three daughters in a so-called mass honour killing has been stripped or her permanent residency and ordered deported from Canada

B.C. woman ticketed after complaining to RCMP about student driver

The B.C. woman was ticketed after complaining to RCMP about student driver on Sea-to-Sky Highway

Manufacturing sales fell 1.0 per cent in January: Statistics Canada

Motor vehicle, aerospace and primary metal industries lead drop in manufacturing sales

Most Read