I’m not very happy about those Liberal advertisements that have flooded our media. Millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money is being spent. They don’t seem like information about government programs to me. They seem like blatant propaganda for Christy Clark’s government just a few months before the May 14 election. I suspect they may be spending as much or more money on advertising their jobs plan as they have committed to actually funding job training.
The Canadian Press recently reported that under a new NDP proposal, this kind of misuse of public funds would be eliminated. Adrian Dix, the leader of the B.C. NDP, said that an NDP government would assign British Columbia’s Auditor General the statutory responsibility to review and approve all government advertising. This would ensure it would be free of partisan self-promotion and inappropriate political attacks.
My friend Tom Friedman, the Kamloops-South Thompson NDP candidate, strongly supports this initiative. He thinks that these millions of dollars should have gone toward addressing the real, pressing needs of our communities, not to promote the Liberal Party as it struggles in the run-up to an election.