Pattison Outdoor Advertising says that they have faced "overwhelming" backlash after putting up anti-immigration posters up in Toronto. The billboard is a huge picture of Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada with text that reads "Say NO to mass immigration". After plenty of backlash and two petitions against the ads, the billboard company says that they will be taking down their Maxime Bernier posters in Toronto.
There is a petition on Change.org as well as on Leadnow.ca to remove the advertisements. The latter has over 11,000 signatures. The ad started popping up across Canada late last week and the public response has been an angry one.
Disgusting & disturbing dog-whistle politics. This billboard is in the Toronto neighbourhood of Leslieville. I’m… https://t.co/i8h2QDVd22— Lisa Kirbie (@Lisa Kirbie)1566669183.0
Goodbye @MaximeBernier. Your politics of hate and division have no place here. Good work Canada. #cdnpoli https://t.co/zeYghXRpm6— Min Sook Lee (she/her) (@Min Sook Lee (she/her))1566819477.0
'Very racist and hurtful': Groups denounce anti-immigration billboard seen in Calgary, across Canada #cdnpoli https://t.co/NFMWZ1SmEI— Trevor Robb (@Trevor Robb)1566823855.0
A Maxime Bernier front group spent thousands on huge anti-immigrant billboards. Click to demand they're taken down:… https://t.co/0mYLv5ZWY6— Dani (@Dani)1566826702.0
Pattison Outdoor Advertising confirmed to Narcity that they're taking action. Pattison today will be telling ad firm True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp., who paid for the billboards, that they will be removed. An announcement on their website has pointed out that "it was never my or Pattison Outdoor’s intention to offend, alienate or in any way insult the public by allowing this ad to be run. We will be reviewing our advocacy guidelines, specifically relating to political messaging."
The statement continued on to say that "we will be informing True North Advertising Corp. on Monday that the ads will be removed from our sites as soon as possible."
Message from Randy Otto, President Pattison Outdoor Advertising. https://t.co/rEYJRndHbL— PATTISON Outdoor (@PATTISON Outdoor)1566764818.0
Maxime Bernier has responded to this with animosity.
The company that owns the billboards has caved in to the leftist mob and decided to remove the ads supporting the P… https://t.co/sQ5v7QNxgn— Maxime Bernier (@Maxime Bernier)1566776215.0
Some agree with him.
Total bunch of crap taking those Billboards down! Conservatives are always caving in to the leftist! Dammit all thi… https://t.co/XkaQmeNGNC— Tee Kaay (@Tee Kaay)1566793313.0
Meanwhile, the billboard, which is at Lakeshore Boulevard and Carlaw Avenue in Toronto's Leslieville area, seems to have been vandalized.
Someone vandalized the Bernier sign last night. #cdnpoli https://t.co/cJHn41V6L5— Sleepy Rob (@Sleepy Rob)1566761543.0