NDP CHALLENGES CLARK TO STOP HER NEGATIVE ADS, SET NEW TONE
January 25th, 2012
VANCOUVER – New Democrat caucus chair Shane Simpson is challenging Christy Clark to set a new tone for her party as MLAs prepare to head back to the legislature in a few weeks.
“British Columbians are facing tough economic times in 2012. Instead of outlining a plan to address their concerns in a meaningful way, Ms. Clark marked the New Year by rolling up her sleeves and signing off on a multi-million dollar campaign of misleading, personal attack ads against New Democrat leader Adrian Dix,” said Simpson.
“The tone set by the Premier in her attack ads sends the wrong message to people who are looking for some hope and optimism about the future,” said Simpson.
“There’s a growing desire among British Columbians for politics to be done differently. In contrast to Clark, Adrian Dix and the New Democrat caucus are committed to providing positive alternatives and solutions to everyday problems that people face.
"The feedback to me and my caucus colleagues is that British Columbians are not responding to Liberal attacks, while our message continues to be received positively. I am hearing from people from all walks of life that Clark’s attack ads were annoying and came across as a desperate measure from a leader and a party that are out of ideas and have nothing positive to offer British Columbians,” said Simpson.
“Hopefully Premier Clark has heard the same message and is ready to accept our challenge to set a more positive political tone on Feb. 14 when the Legislature resumes its work in Victoria.”
Simpson noted that Adrian Dix and B.C. New Democrats will be meeting in Kelowna next week to prepare for the upcoming legislative session and will continue to focus on the issues that matter to British Columbians, holding the B.C. Liberals to account on the issues and offering positive solutions to the challenges facing our province.