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Statement from mayoral candidate Marianne Meed Ward: Negative tactics have no place in this election or any election, as smear campaign ramps up in last seven days

For immediate release, Oct. 15, 2018: Statement by Marianne Meed Ward, Burlington mayoral candidate, regarding smear campaign

“Our campaign, and only our campaign, continues to be the target of numerous, sustained personal attacks, lies and defamation, which are ramping up in the last week of Burlington’s mayoral race. The latest is a flyer slandering me while promoting the current mayor, and a series of Facebook and Instagram ads and videos which use the same slanderous content as the Campaign Research push poll in August/September.
“Negative personal attacks and smear campaigns have no place in this election, or any election, anywhere, against any candidate. These tactics divide our community. Every candidate should be condemning this appalling behaviour, especially where it is used to promote their own candidacy.
“The public are not fooled, and have told us they are in fact disgusted by this. We’ve been overwhelmed with support from the community, with residents contacting us to say there is no place for these tactics, regardless of how they are voting.
“I want to thank the decent people of Burlington for calling for this to stop, and for rising above. Residents will cast their votes based on platform and track record, not lies and slander hiding behind numbered companies and anonymous polls.
“The smear campaign will not intimidate or silence us from continuing to speak out for reasonable growth, not overdevelopment, which has emerged as the key issue in this election. We will continue to advocate for our community and for better decisions on development with a new mayor and council who will work with residents.

Background:

FLYER:
The flyer contains personal attacks and defamatory statements against me while promoting the current mayor. It is paid for by a candidate running for the Ward 3 council seat who is using this platform to attack our campaign. The flyer has been distributed to residents outside Ward 3; there are confirmed reports so far from residents in Wards 1, 2 and 4 who have received it.
The information in the flyer is also contained in webpages that are being promoted with sponsored (paid) ads on Facebook. A print ad in the Burlington Post pointed people to the webpages. When the Post learned the content of the webpages (which were not live before press time) they apoloized and removed the online links to the webpages.
FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM ADS/VIDEOS:
The Facebook ads and videos which have recently launched use the same slanderous material as the Campaign Research push poll conducted in August/September. The push poll contained personal attacks under the guise of an election survey, while collecting voter preference information from residents for undisclosed purposes. Campaign Research did not disclose who had paid for poll, nor were there any Third Party Advertisers registered with the city at the time. The recent Facebook/Instagram ads, which use the Campaign Research content, are paid for by a numbered company, recently registered as a Third Party advertiser with the city.
Contact:
Marianne Meed Ward
@mariannmeedward

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Cudos to you Marianne having strength from the heart going forward with what you know “is right and just” for all of Burlington. With the Provincial targets already met, there is no reason in the world to let our “Special City of Burlington” head in an, “out of control direction”, by the multi million dollar developers. This treatment you have received will favourably dictate and produce on the 22nd, a majority vote for you Marianne. GO GIRL GO!!!!!

  2. It is obvious that Peter Rusin is quite content to have developers continue to write their own Official Plan and control Council and the Planning Department. Mr. Rusin appears to have even more density than downtown will have with wall to wall apartment buildings.

  3. This ad has as much Class as a Klik Sandwich; and, we all know money does Not buy class !

    Burlington Citizens are intelligent, educated, ethical people who have the capacity to understand the voting process, the True objective of it, and Do their homework !!!

  4. Those cowards couldn’t do a better advertisements in your favour, Marianne. It shows finally who they are. You were the only candidate for Mayor, anyway. Even without their “help”.

  5. The fact that Mr. Goldring and Mr. Wallace did not act to distance themselves from this disgusting attack says more about them and their campaigns than it does about Marianne Meed Ward. It must make voters wonder “Is Marriane Meed Ward the only Mayoral Candidate who can restore civility and dignity to Burlington’s City Hall?”

  6. Marianne – please continue to rise above the dirty way this election has gone. I just cannot imagine how educated (at least I hope so) individuals have come out of the woodwork to trash people running for office. This is so unprofessional. I cannot believe what lengths people will go to get a job. All the best in your efforts to bring transparency to politics.

  7. I was shocked and appalled by Mr. Rusin’s intrusion into the mayoral campaign. He is clearly an attack dog sent in to do as much damage as possible – I cannot imagine his behaviour during this election will garner him many votes in his ward, but I am more concerned that people will be taken in by the smears. I hope there is a comprehensive investigation as to whether this constitutes an election violation, as I believe it does. The aggression and condescension of some developers in our city truly knows no bounds.

  8. If this smear campaign originates with a third-party, likely a developer, it is done to promote the other two candidates who the development industry fully supports. Either that or the campaign originates with the other two main candidates for mayor. Either way, I don’t support the developers or their minions. Keep fighting, Marianne–I think this tactic is backfiring big time!

  9. I’m so sorry Marianne you have to deal with this. It is already challenging enough to actually run for office and do all you have to do to be the best person to lead this city.
    Trust in your abilities to outshine them all and be the voice of hope and change. Trust in the goodness of the people in the city of Burlington to see through this darkness.

    One week to go….!

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