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Did this Conservative candidate photoshop his name over another candidate’s election sign?

Is Tim Laidler the Conservative candidate of the 21st century?

September 22, 2015

UPDATE: The Tim Laidler campaign has confirmed to VanCityBuzz that they did, in fact, photoshop Laidler’s name over another candidate’s sign.

Is Tim Laidler the Conservative candidate of the 21st century?

It’s possible, if the Conservatives’ choice for Port Moody-Coquitlam digitally altered a photograph to remove another Conservative candidate’s name from an election sign and replace it with his own.

The Conservative Party is no stranger to misleading photos. Laidler himself even showed up in few taxpayer-funded photos at taxpayer-funded events.

What’s Laidler’s latest adventure in the world of photography?

Check out that “Tim Laidler” sign in the background of the image below. Notice anything… Strange?

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Didn’t see it?

Take a closer look:

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Why does “Tim Laidler” appear in a font different from other Conservative election signs? What is up with that fuzzy, pixellated, off-blue rectangle just behind the words “Tim Laidler”?

Did Laidler photoshop his name onto another candidate’s election sign?

The photo above was taken at a Richmond B.C. rally headlined by Stephen Harper in August which Laidler attended.

Yet other photos from the same event appear to show the same sign with Surrey Centre Conservative candidate Sucha Thind’s name. Here’s a different photo from the same event but a slightly different angle:

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Observant readers will note: (1) the same lectern; (2) the same Canadian flag; (3) the same “Alice Wong” election sign; (4) the same “Wai Young” election sign; (5) different “Sucha Thind” / “Tim Laidler” signs; and (6) the same Tim Laidler.

Laidler’s campaign is keeping quiet – they will not even confirm they sent the e-mail in which the digitally altered photo appears, despite multiple requests for comment (including the tweet below).

But a copy of the e-mail sent to Laidler’s supporters on August 25th obtained by PressProgress sure looks like it came from the Tim Laidler campaign:

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After being presented with before and after images of Thind’s altered sign, Thind’s campaign managers told PressProgress that “since we have no idea what you’re talking about, we have forwarded your concerns to head office.”

Photo credit: Port Moody-Coquitlam Electoral District Association.

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Conservative candidate on C-51: Civil liberties? “Folks, that’s not the country we live in”

Do Canadians enjoy too darn many freedoms and civil liberties?

September 21, 2015

What country do Canadians live in then?

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At Sunday’s Calgary-Signal Hill all-candidates debate, Conservative candidate Ron Liepert responded to criticisms of the Conservatives’ controversial Bill C-51 by suggesting “civil liberties” and “freedom” are not the most pressing issues facing the country in light of “criminal activities.”

“I know there’s a whole group of people including a couple of the speakers here tonight who talk about civil liberties and about the freedom of having the right to pretty much choose to…