Langdon Algur, on 26 February 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:
agree Dix wasn't the best choice of leader, although don't beleive everything you see in an attack ad Taxi.
In response the OP's question, yes the Liberials need to go!!
And replace them with the BC NDP??? Truly a scary thought.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana
And in this case there is so much BC NDP history to remember and not in a good way.
In this case the "attack ad" is accurate (forged a document to try to give Glen Clark cover during a police investigation). Dix admitted to committing fraud and forgery as well as attempting to obstruct justice - so it seems to me that more than supports the "attack ad".
Dix's position - It was a mistake. Ya think? Or is it only a mistake because you got caught and were forced to resign (albeit with a nice severance package courtesy of the BC taxpayers) along with his boss Glen Clark.
And there is so much more that Dix and the BC NDP was involved in.
The NDP has history of financial shenanigans and breaking the law going back to illegal party financing managed by a former NDP finance Minister, Dave Stupich (aka Bingogate - at least Mike Harcourt had the good graces to fall on his sword for that - of course with a push from behind by Clark, Sihota and Dix) - BTW Stupich went to jail and the BC NDP was also found guilty, then there was Casinogate where Dix tried to derail both a police investigation and conflict of interest investigation by forging a document and Clark tried to get Farnworth to lie for him on his involvement, the Raiwind power scandal (Hydrogate) run by NDP insider John Laxton that had Dix's fingerprints all over it, Dix running the NDP's legally prohibited campaigning during recall attempts and Dix on Clark's behalf applying unlawful pressure on the chair of the ALR to try to get land released.
Dix has played fast and loose with the law in a number of circumstances. I set it out in detail in the past:
Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun notes that Adrian Dix's ethical lapses are not limited to fraudulent memos.
- Dix slithered around the laws regarding recall campaigns - and that law was passed by the BC NDP.
- Pulling the Six Mile Ranch out of the ALR - Dix was dispatched on behalf of Glen Clark to try to pressure the Chair of the ALR which is supposedly an independent tribunal - again established by the NDP. The Chair of the ALR called for a public inquiry - that was ignored by the NDP government.
- The BC Hydro/ Raiwind Power Project tax dodge - Dix attended the meetings on behalf of Glen Clark when the scheme was hatched but we are supposed to believe that nothing was known of this by the Premier? BC Hydro John Laxton fell on his sword as result.
So in summary this "attack ad" does not only appear to be accurate but it does not even begin to scratch the surface of Dix's illegal and unethical past behaviour which also includes his piloting of the election campaign of Glen Clark's notorious fudge-it budgets. And the person with his hand in those past fudge-it budgets was none other than Adrian Dix. He was not only Premier Clark's chief of staff but was also the deputy minister when Clark was finance minister so pretty hard to claim he did not know what was going on. It was discovered after the election, that the balanced budgets for the 1995-96 and 1996-97 fiscal years on which Clark had campaigned were not, in fact, balanced but actually deficits. And that there had also been an accounting sleight of hand that was undisclosed at the time of the election whereby the Clark government took a large amount of debt and shifted it onto Crown Corporations so as to create a perception of "surpluses".
If you liked Glen Clark you are going to love Adrian Dix (aka Glen Clark V.2.0). As Michael Smyth writes -
Meet the new NDP boss - same as the old NDP boss?
History seems to be repeating itself as Adrian Dix follows Glen Clark's example
The BC NDP can attempt to throw dust and dirt but the fact remains in the case of the BC NDP - been there, done that and much worse... and one of the central players in those past shenanigans now leads the party. IMHO Adrian Dix has not changed his spots but he is much better at camouflage these days.
As Vaughn Palmer concludes about Adrian Dix's professed change of heart:
In the darkest hour of his political life, Clark fell back on Dix. The police had raided his home. He stood accused of favouring a friend's application for a casino licence. And there was Clark, brandishing a memo over Dix's signature, saying the premier had ordered him to ensure he was insulated from the licensing decision.
The notorious memo to file. Only later did it come out that the document was in several respects bogus. Typed up months after the order was supposedly given. False dated by Dix himself, who wound back the premier's official date stamp with all the craft of a used-car dealer tackling an odometer.
"A mistake," Dix says today, and professes to have learned from it.
Doubtless, he'll never get caught doing anything as sneaky as that again.