By Glen Argan
It’s time to say “no” to political lawn signs and the visual blight and waste of resources they represent.
During every municipal election campaign – along with provincial and federal elections – streets throughout Edmonton are lined with signs shouting, “See me! See me!”
The signs may be seen, but there is little hard evidence they actually affect voter choices. What they do reveal is which candidates are willing to spend the most money and to recruit sign teams to pound signs into public and private lawns.
What is most galling is that some of those candidates proclaim themselves defenders of Mother Earth. Some signs are recyclable, but they also use significant material resources, which contribute nothing to helping voters understand the issues before them.
As a Catholic, I try to take Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, seriously. My own behaviour is far from perfect in that regard. However, I do believe a commitment to education is a vote of confidence in the future our children and grandchildren can build. Does not the overuse of resources today undermine that future?
As a candidate, I want to see the Catholic school board set a positive example for staff and students. School trustees should work together in harmony, and they should also be leaders in caring for creation.
The Glen Argan Campaign will use brochures and some forms of signage, but not lawn signs. The future of our planet is too important to waste resources on paraphernalia that do not contribute positively to the democratic process. Besides, all those signs on public property spoil the beauty of our city.
(Glen Argan is a candidate for the Edmonton Catholic school board in Ward 75.)