An advance polling station removed a Canadian flag Thanksgiving weekend because a worker decided that… it was torn? Dirty?
It violated election rules!
A worker in Virden, Manitoba felt that the red in the flag might be interpreted as the red representing the Liberal Party.
Elections Canada spokeswoman Marie-Franc Kenny said a returning officer was spoken to by a worker that wanted clarification of the laws that govern federal elections. She claimed the flag’s red colour has nothing to do with partisanship.
Now, 1 of 2 flags was taken down for a brief period of time, but was eventually put up again. Kenny wasn’t sure how long the flag was down for.
Rules state that no campaign literature or active campaigning near a polling station is allowed.
“The person misunderstood during the training that any colour associated with a party would have to be removed, which is not the case,” she said. “It was an unfortunate mistake.”
Do you think it was simply a mistake? Does our coveted flag scream “LIBERAL!” to you whenever you see it?