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Clark's record-breaking Premier's Dinner highlights economy

Christy Clark at BC Leaders dinner
Photo by Gabe Garfinkel, @gabegarf, Twitter.

At 1,800 people, BC Liberal leader Christy Clark's annual fundraiser last night was the largest in the party's history, according to members.

Clark dedicated her speech at the event to addressing the province's economy, including how she proposed to tackle B.C.'s debt, job market and industrial growth.

While Liberals were enthused at the success of the event and their leader's speech, other attendees and those who followed the address on Twitter weren't swayed by Clark's attacks on NDP leader Adrian Dix and the veracity of her facts.

Couldn't drop the $50 more this year for a seat last night? Check out the highlights of Clark's speech -- and the reactions to it -- below.

With a slogan of "Strong Economy, Secure Tomorrow," Clark's speech emphasized the economic gains her government has made over the last term.

A major focus of Clark's speech was tackling British Columbia's debt including this year's higher-than-predicted deficit.

Clark's optimistic points about the B.C. labour market were met with some skepticism by listeners.

The above tweeters weren't the only ones who found Clark a bit slack in her use of facts.

Speaking of slinging arrows, Clark devoted ample time to attacking her main opponent and leader in the polls with a 20-point advantage, Adrian Dix of the NDP.

Clark does find inspiration in other political leaders, though.

With 44 tweets over the course of the speech, some felt overwhelmed -- and even turned off -- by Clark's social media strategy.

Despite the criticisms, the event proved to be a much-needed morale boost for Liberal supporters.

Natascia Lypny is completing a practicum at The Tyee. Follow her on Twitter @wordpuddle.

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