The harassment and vandalism our local elected officials are experiencing at their homes are reprehensible.
There is no basis whatsoever for St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik to find his property attacked overnight by vandals. Being an elected official does not make you a target for this type of disgraceful behaviour, or exclude you from the right to be safe in your own home.
This senseless, cowardly act, and the similar attack at St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle’s home last weekend, are an affront to our democracy and a threat to our community’s well-being. Those who committed these acts should be held criminally responsible. We should also not tolerate the treatment of federal candidates who are being sworn at and threatened while on the campaign trail. Niagara is better than that.
I condemn these attacks in the strongest terms and offer my support to all of our elected officials, those aspiring to hold public office, and their teams who devote their time and energy to making our region a better place.