St Catharines Mayor send video message to constituents

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Published September 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

St Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik sent out a heartfelt video message to his constituents last night (September 14) – one day after a vandal spray-painted his two cars and house.

“Vulgar language was spray-painted all over the front of our house and vehicles. The hard part is when a politician’s family takes the impact,” he said, pointing out the senseless vandalism affected more than himself, but also his wife and children.

“It’s not about me,” Sendzik noted. “Other people who live in this house, who feel violated – that’s the hard part. When politicians take on an elected role, they have their eyes wide open, but the families get caught up.”

He thanked the community-at-large for the huge outpouring of support aimed in his direction.

“Positive vibes that are coming through social media, through email and text messages and phone calls is amazing,” Sendzik said, “and it really helps us get through today, because it’s a challenging day. I want to thank the folks who have reached out.”

He mentioned some of the anger and hatred that has dogged the federal election campaign, especially targeted at Justin Trudeau.

“The political discourse that’s out there right now, there’s too much vitriol, there’s too much bitterness, there’s too much hatred. You got to change the channel on this stuff, folks. It’s about just having honest discussions.”

He finished with a direct appeal to the community. “We as a society have to put up our hand and say that’s not who we are, and that’s not who we are in St. Catharines.”

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