Aoife Hogan checks out the new signs Glenmore Landing owners put up saying political protesting in their parking lot is illegal which just happens to be the Calgary office for Prime Minister, Stephen Harper on March 9, 2013. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI AGENCY)
CALGARY — Along with a few eyebrows, a sign posted at a strip mall — home to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s constituency office — is raising the ire of some social dissidents.
At the south entrance of the centre, the sign reads that the parking lot is “for use of customers while shopping in Glenmore Landing only” and that access “is limited to customers or those doing business with or visiting tenants.”
Citing municipal bylaw 41M2002 — a bylaw governing parking — the sign also says “political or public protesting or demonstrating, soliciting, use of loud speakers or other similar devices, pamphleteering, loitering, skateboarding is strictly prohibited.”
And hat surprised Calgary Ald. Brian Pincott, who has long been known as a crusader of social causes and issues.
“Protest, in my mind, is one of our rights in our country and it’s something that all of us, in one way or another I would suspect, have either supported or participated in,” he said.
Harper’s press secretary, Andrew MacDougall, said his office was unaware of the sign.