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BC Liberals launch 'RiskyDix' attack ad, website

The B.C. Liberal Party has launched an attack website against NDP leader Adrian Dix, based chiefly on his role in the 1990s as a political advisor to the NDP. asks: "What is Adrian Dix hiding?" and goes on to answer:

Adrian Dix is trying to hide behind a political makeover – but he can't hide the facts. When Adrian Dix was the "top political advisor" to the NDP government in the 1990s:

The Province was in economic chaos while the rest of North America had an economic boom.

B.C. was dead last in job growth, 50,000 people fled B.C. to find jobs. Average wages actually declined.

Taxes went up – a family earning $60,000 paid 60% more income tax than they do today – that’s almost $2,000 a year.

Dix was embroiled in a falsified document scandal. During an RCMP inquiry he was forced to admit he made up a bogus memo on Premier’s Office letterhead.

The website quotes "Pundits on Dix" using clips from columns published in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It also includes a hostile editorial broadcast on CKNW radio on December 1 and a column by Vaughn Palmer published December 5.

The site invites visitors to watch a new 30-second TV attack ad. Both the ad and the site include the statement: "Authorized by Jim Pipe, Financial Agent, BC Liberal Party."

In response, Adrian Dix tweeted: "Liberals launch new attack ad against me. Sad and desperate. With all the problems facing us 18 months b4 election, BC deserves better." The ads were also being discussed on #bcpoli.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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