Spotted in Hedy Fry’s 5th floor office window at the Confederation Building on Parliament Hill:
I’m not sure how Fry qualifies as a veteran, but she’s got the sign and she’s showing her support for the presumptive Democratic nominee for President!
Flashback from the Hill Times:
Conservative MP Rob Anders was recently forced to remove a “pro-life” sign from his East Block office window on Parliament Hill after receiving a formal letter of complaint from a Liberal Senate political staffer and after the chief government whip told him to take it down.
The large blue and white “Defend Life” Knights of Columbus sign could clearly be seen for a few weeks before it was removed on July 2 and one day after abortion rights activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler was named to the Order of Canada among 75 for one of Canada’s highest honours.
Amélie Crosson, an assistant to Ottawa Liberal Sen. Jim Munson, sent a formal letter of complaint to Mr. Anders, all MPs, Senators, assistants, party leaders, whips, and party caucus services, on June 27 after she noticed the sign on June 23 while walking to work.
Ms. Crosson told The Hill Times that in her 10 years on the Hill, she could not remember ever seeing a sign in a window before and after she found out whose office it was, she sent a letter of complaint to all MPs.
“All of us who work here are passionate about politics and specific political issues, but if we all start to decorate the exterior of our windows,” she wrote, “in no time, our Parliament Buildings will look like a collection of university frat houses.”
UPDDATE: I’ve received an email from Team Fry. It has been reprinted with permission from it’s author Tim Campbell.
My name is Tim Campbell, and I am the staffer in Hedy Fry’s office who put the sign in the window behind my desk. The poster was given to me by a friend (coincidently a veteran) who attended Barack Obama’s rally in Ohio in March. Dr. Fry was unaware that the sign was in the window because I frequently keep my curtains closed, and she enters her office through a different door.
Effective this morning I have removed the sign – however, I would like to say two things. First, I can see at least two “Stephen Harper ’06” signs in the windows of the middle section of the Confederation Building, and I hope that your outraged readers have sent similar e-mails to these MPs expressing their wishes to have the paraphernalia removed. Second, I have triple checked and our office (nor anyone else that I’ve talked to for that matter) ever received a memo from either the Speakers’ Office, the Sergeant at Arms, or the Minister of Public Works actually requesting things be removed from the windows following the Rob Anders incident. Should such a memo have surfaced I would have, of course, obliged immediately.
I trust this clarifies the matter.