Quesnel to Limit Political Signs
Quesnel, B.C. – Political candidates will need to learn to be more creative when it comes to campaigning in Quesnel.
This after Quesnel City Council decided to adopt a new political sign bylaw at its public meeting last night.
The law will allow for six political campaign signs per candidate on public land during municipal, provincial, and federal elections and will require candidates to remove political campaign signs three days after General Voting Day.
According to Council the regulations in the bylaw will:
- Create equal opportunity for all candidates
- Maintain community aesthetics
- Promote environmental sustainability
- Reduce administrative burden and costs
- Reduce campaign workload and potential conflict
Earlier this year Mayor Bob Simpson told 250News that it only made sense considering a city bylaw restricts people who put up signs for garage sales and restricts commercial operators on the signage they can have.
“We also invest hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in our beautification efforts and as we were having a discussion about the sign bylaw, it was pointed out to us and we realized there’s one class of citizens who get a pass – politicians. Politicians give themselves a pass when it comes to their signs.”
He also said Quesnel is one of the first B.C. communities to enact such a law.
“Whistler’s municipal candidates did it voluntarily in the last election in their downtown core and they’re looking about how they might formalize that,” said Simpson. “Terrace is actually putting in a bit of a restrictive sign bylaw we look at as well.”
In June, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall said while a restrictive sign bylaw is not on his city’s agenda at the moment he hasn’t closed the door on the idea.
“I’m open to the discussion. It isn’t a priority we have on our list of things to do but we’re certainly open for discussion on it.”