The Election Sign Project

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Over at Spacing Montreal, we’ve launched what I like to call the Election Sign Project. As a probable federal election approaches, we’re taking a look at the election signs that occupy such a prominent part of our public space during election campaigns. We’re going to be looking at how people interact with them, what their design and content says about the candidates and they district they hope to represent, and also the double-standard that affords politicians the right to plaster the city with their posters while restricting the right of ordinary citizens to use the same medium to advertise their own events.

Today, I wrote a bit about the school board election that is currently underway in Montreal. Some of the signs for the English school board’s candidates intrigue me because they’re multilingual. One candidate’s signs urges people to “Vote – Votez – Votate” while another goes a step further, asking voters to “Vote Votez Votate ψήφος,” nodding at his district’s Italian and Greek populations.

Multilingual election signs were common in the past, but they’re rare nowadays, despite the fact that Montreal is more multilingual than ever. In Toronto and Vancouver, it’s not uncommon to find election signs in Chinese and other non-official languages, but in Montreal, language is such a fractious and emotional issue that most politicians would probably prefer to avoid any sort of fracas that might deprive them of votes.

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This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Sunday October 14 2007at 11:10 pm , filed under Uncategorized . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

One Response to “The Election Sign Project”

  • Friendly says:

    Julien Feldman, in the top picture, is a great guy, he’s a local media vet. His wife Joanne Bailey works for CBC, she’s ..uh…