July 18, 2013 - 5:13 AM
VICTORIA - Opposition New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says British Columbia's Liberals are cheats as the ongoing debate about the failed Liberal plan to court ethnic voters turned into a name-calling contest.
Dix says the seeds of the Liberal cheating around wooing ethnic voters were planted during Premier Christy Clark's Liberal leadership campaign in February 2011 and continued throughout the development of her jobs plan and up until last spring's election.
Dix didn't go as far as accusing the Liberals of cheating to win last May's election, but he says the planning and effort put into the discredited Liberal multicultural outreach plan was massive and reached the top levels of the government and included job offers to silence critics.
A report last March by Clark's deputy minister John Dyble found work lines between the B.C. government and the Liberal party were crossed in a government effort to win ethnic votes.
The review caused Clark's popularity ratings to plunge and forced the resignation of her multiculturalism minister, John Yap, and of two Liberal insiders, Kim Haakstad and Mike Lee, and prompted former government aide Brian Bonney to leave government for a job in the private sector.
Citizen's Services Minister Andrew Wilkinson accused the NDP of mounting a witch hunt with their efforts to raise questions about the 10,000 pages released as part of Dyble's report.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2013