Negative publicity nothing new to NDP’s Dix
NDP leader Adrian Dix sits down with 24 hours for a year-end interview Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
British Columbians should get use to seeing a barrage of negative TV ads.
In a fundraising email obtained by 24 Hours columnist Bill Tieleman, it was revealed the political action group Concerned Citizens for BC is about to launch an $1 million advertising campaign to attack the BC NDP.
According to its website, the campaign, organized by former Canfor CEO Jim Shepard, was created to push for “a government that will continue to be fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.”
An email and multiple calls to Shepard’s cell phone went unanswered, while interview requests to the CC4BC office were denied.
In a letter obtained from Shepard to potential supporters he outlined potential attacks on NDP Leader Adrian Dix.
“He (Dix) is keeping quiet on the subject but his strongest supporter, Jim Sinclair of the BC Federation of Labour is calling for the removal of the democratic right to a secret ballot to make unionization much easier in B.C.,” one point read.
Plans to remove a balanced-budget law and to raise corporate taxes were also included as potential attacks on the NDP leader.
Dix, however, was prepared for the onslaught of ads. He noted he’d seen a lot of negativity thrown his way since being elected leader.
“The Liberal Party ran its first set of negative ads against me personally last year at this time in January,” he said Monday. “I think they have run out of negative websites they can create around my name.”
Tieleman, who also works as a political communication strategist, added the campaign is set to be the most vicious attacks ads in B.C. history.
“A million dollars of vituperative, vicious, nasty ads that run in a really short period of time, perhaps for a month before the election period begins, followed by nasty Liberal election ads during the campaign means you will have anti-NDP, anti-Adrian Dix ads on your TV for 60 to 80 days straight,” Tieleman said.