Nation, the writ was dropped a week ago today, and the battle for real estate is well underway.
The placement of lawn signs has been much-debated, and came up at daveberta.
Anecdotally, as I've travelled in and around Calgary over this past week, I've seen a lot of PC signs, nearly as many Liberal signs, and a grand total of ZERO signs for the NDP and WAP.
Guys... there's an ELECTION going on... we've known this was coming for months, now... WAP I can understand - they just picked a logo. NDP, what's your excuse?
In terms of placement - most of the PC signs are on residential lawns. The only PC's I've seen with signs that break the rules for placement are Alison Redford and Arthur Kent. The only Liberal sign I've seen that DIDN'T break the rules was one for Dave Taylor, in Mount Royal. Every other Liberal sign I've seen has been on public land along a major route - in what I understand to be direct violation of city rules. An independant candidate in my own riding has also chosen to violate the rules, and many of his signs are located right next to Liberal signs (notable exceptions: the signs he has placed on church property, and the signs he placed on the property of the Carriage House Inn - location of this week-end's Wildrose Alliance campaign launch. They're running a candidate against him).
I'm not privy to the instructions that the sign crews are receiving... but, in the election where I served on a sign crew for a PC candidate, I was told in no uncertain terms "Keep the signs off major routes, and within the rules - a sign along Anderson Road says 'I've got too much money'. A sign on someone's lawn says 'a real, voting human being who lives here supports me and what I stand for'."
Nation? What are you seeing?