“…f’n up the scenery, breakin’ my mind.”Guess I’m not the only one who noticed a bunch of Roger Clowater’s election signs popping up in the North West corner of town. John Swarbrick commented on them in this week’s Auroran:
Contrary to the editor’s note signs have not been removed as of today April 20th.A quick stroll through my subdivision I counted 12 signs. They are located at the following addresses: #16 Meadowood Dr., #6, #38 & #54 Baycroft Ln, #54 Crawford Rose Dr, #1 ,#16, #88 & #91 Autumn Way
Now as far as I can tell Mr. Clowater isn’t breaking any bylaws. From the Candidate’s Handbook that is available here: http://www.town.aurora.on.ca/app/wa/doc?docId=10264pg 24 outlines Election Signs:
The Municipal Elections Act does not address where election signs may be located or when they may be erected except for provisions at a voting place during the hours of the poll, and any municipal regulations that may be ineffect.Election Signs may be erected subject to the jurisdiction for roads, once the Candidate has filed a nomination.
Although he may not be breaking any laws, there is good reason to question his strategy.Election signs in April? I initially mistook them for contractor/painter signs given their construction and poor composition, but when I looked closer and saw they were election signs I laughed. Obviously Mr. Clowater has no previous political background or campaign experience, as this just looks both amateurish and narcissistic. This would have been crystallized for anyone attending the Aurora Home Show over the weekend. Roger had a corner booth and was aggressively stopping traffic to introduce himself. He had an arrogant and overly slimy used car salesman pitch that didn’t invite me to stick around and find out more about him or his campaign. Just because someone want’s something really bad, and communicates this enthusiasm overtly at every opportunity doesn’t begin to make up for any lack of qualifications. I have to agree with Mr. Swarbrick and several others on the Aurora Citizen blog. Mr. Clowater is an unknown in Aurora. He’s not connected with any prominent organizations or committees. He has no background or experiece in politics, and has not served on council anywhere in Ontario let alone Aurora. Mr. Clowater needs to take a deep breath and a step back, reconsider his path, then drop out and run for a seat on council before he becomes known around town as Roger “Holds-No-Water”.