Election Sign Season

Poster

Not an election sign, but much more amusing

I arrived in Montreal just in time for the most exciting municipal election campaign in decades. All at once, a bit too early for Halloween, all of City Hall’s skeletons fell out of the closet, with revelations that construction contracts are rigged and accusations that the municipal government works primarily around a system of bribes and kickbacks. From what I saw, though, this year’s campaign posters are not nearly so dramatic.

The catchiest and best-looking posters belong to Projet Montréal, which adopted a motif of superimposing a Polaroid depicting candidates or a rosy post-Projet future on scenes of the city. Posters for the other parties and candidates range from uninspired to unintentionally amusing, like those for the Montreal Pride Party, about which everyone is confused (is it a gay rights party? Or just a party for people proud of Montreal?).

Projet Montréal

Projet Montréal promises a future full of families

Montreal Pride Party

Proud in which way?

Karim Boulos

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This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Friday October 30 2009at 10:10 am , filed under Art and Design, Canada, Public Space, Society and Culture and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

5 Responses to “Election Sign Season”

  • Kate M. says:

    Both of the other dominant parties rather righteously chose to abstain from placards this time. I think they wanted to save the money and do their campaigning in other ways, but it was labelled as being for the environment.

  • Karl Leung says:

    election sign redux :)
    ooh les beaux arts de montréal

  • Kate, that’s not entirely true. They didn’t hang any posters in public space, but they still made them, as you can see here:

    Election sign

    Election sign

  • There’s a surprising amount of English in these signs, at least compared to the last sets of election posters I remember you sharing. Have attitudes toward language relaxed significantly over the last few years?

  • English seems marginally more prevalent these days than it was when I first went to Montreal in 2000, but I’m thinking specifically of commercial signage. I think electoral signage has always been bilingual in more English-speaking areas.