Opinion Column

NDP hypocrisy stunning in scale, audacity

Diamond Isinger, 24 hours

NDP leader Adrian Dix sits down with 24 hours for a year-end interview Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

NDP leader Adrian Dix sits down with 24 hours for a year-end interview Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)

With the polls tightening up, the BC NDP is looking to change the channel from its out-of-control spending and inability to say how they’d pay for it.

Despite repeated assurances from leader Adrian Dix that he would run a “positive campaign” the tone from the party’s war room has taken a decidedly dark turn.

Just days after the polls showed British Columbians were responding to Premier Christy Clark’s clear plan to control spending and grow the economy, BC NDP supporters and surrogates have gone on the attack, with Dix not far behind.

When Gordon Wilson, the former BC Liberal Party leader and later BC NDP finance minister, decided to endorse Clark Sunday, his wife, Judi Tyabji Wilson, and himself were met with a wave of nastiness from BC NDP supporters and pundits.

Over the weekend, lead BC NDP pundit and former MLA David Schreck took to the Internet spreading an outrageous and hilarious conspiracy theory that the BC Liberals were going to reintroduce the HST after the election. What evidence does he have? None, but that hasn’t stopped him from repeating it over and over to anyone who will listen.

Despite this, the BC NDP keeps asserting it is running a positive campaign, criticizing BC Liberals for daring to point out the facts of the party’s record while in power in the 1990s. Their hypocrisy is stunning, both in scale and audacity.

Going into the last week of the campaign before the May 14 election, we can expect more of the same. As the polls tighten, Clark will continue to focus on the economy and the charade of Dix’s “positive campaign” will be further exposed for what it is.

Diamond Isinger is a Vancouver-based online strategy consultant with a focus on government and politics. She is currently advising the BC Liberal Party campaign.

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