Volunteer charged with stealing election signs
Liberal MP Andrew Kania's worker is accused of ripping off a Tory opponent's signs. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency Files)
TORONTO - A Liberal worker accused of ripping off a Tory opponent's signs will face a court nine days after the federal election, police said.
The arrest of incumbent Brampton-West MP Andrew Kania's worker was revealed Monday by Mitch Wexler, Conservative opponent Kyle Seeback's campaign manager.
"It's disappointing," Seeback said in a statement. "We want a fair election where everyone follows the rules."
Kania said his volunteer claims he was framed.
As Conservatives placed signs along a boulevard in the Toronto suburb, Wexler said a truck filled with Liberal placards stopped nearby.
"Our candidate drove past ... saw a pile of our signs in the back," and police were given its plate number, he said. "We've had reports of people stealing our signs."
Kania said Grewal told him after a political "verbal confrontation" with several Tories on April 10, he went into a home and left his truck open.
After driving away, police who stopped Rachpal Singh Grewal's vehicle "found something stuffed behind his seat," said the lawyer and first-term MP in Canada's biggest riding.
"He's incensed and he believes they were planted,” Kania said. "He has a right to be judged.
"We tell all our campaign workers to obey the law," he said.
Const. Wayne Patterson told QMI Agency that "several" seized Seeback signs remain in a police evidence room.
Charged with possessing stolen property, Grewal, 47, is due in court May 11.