Oakville mayor strikes back about signs saying he’s wanted for ‘community betrayal’


Published October 20, 2022 at 11:50 am

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton says he will not back down to developers after election-style signs with mugshots of him have been placed around town ahead of Monday's municipal election. INHALTON PHOTO

Mayor Rob Burton is striking back on what he calls “nasty tactics” after election-style signs appeared along Oakville streets saying that he’s “wanted for deceit and community betrayal.”

Burton says the third-party signs are from a Toronto developer who is not happy after his proposal was turned down by the town.

A number of them have been placed along Third Line, just south of Upper Middle Rd.

The signs, which are placed along other election signs ahead of Monday’s municipal elections, shows Burton in a pair of photos that look like mugshots and say the Oakville mayor is “wanted out of office”

In a written statement, Burton said the developer and the signs will not deter him from standing up for the community.

“I have received concerns and an overwhelming amount of support from residents regarding the ugly third-party signs that have been spotted in Oakville,” Burton said in his statement. “Those ugly signs are from a numbered company created Friday by a Toronto developer who lost his appeal of our refusal to allow his application to overlap his land. He is free to spend up to $25,000 to campaign for a change of mayor as his legal right.

“These tactics will not deter me from standing up for our community and saying no to developers whose proposals don’t align with our Official Plan. I trust Oakville voters will make up their own decision on October 24 and reject the nasty tactics of a Toronto developer.”

Burton said the developer’s proposal did not align with Oakville’s Official Plan. The mayor did not say who the developer is that made the signs.

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