Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge Reserves Decision in Case of Profane Anti-Harper Sign in Car

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Judge Reserves Decision in Case of Profane Anti-Harper Sign in Car

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No ruling in case of profane anti-Harper sign

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PONOKA, Alta. - A provincial court judge has reserved his decision in the case of an Edmonton man who is fighting a $543 ticket for putting a sign in his car with an expletive aimed at former prime minister Stephen Harper.

Robert Wells was driving home from B.C. when he was pulled over last August by an RCMP officer near Ponoka, Alta., and told to remove the sign.

He refused, saying it was a political statement and he had a right to have it in his window.

Wells devised the handmade, pink "F-k Harper" sign to voice his contempt for Harper's Conservative government.

The officer who gave him the stunting ticket testified Friday, saying the sign could be distracting to other drivers.

The court also heard from a woman who filed the complaint, who testified she saw Wells driving erratically and braking sharply in front of other drivers.

Outside court, she said she complained not because of her political views but because of the expletive on the sign.

"Someone that age should know better than to put profanity on the back of a car, driving where so many young children are out," said Linda Trewin.

But Wells, who represented himself in court, said he knew he had to challenge the ticket because it suppressed his right to freedom of expression. …

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