Monday, February 4, 2013


BC Politics

Ad Wars  

Les accuses Lali and Dix of 'all talk and no action' on partisan editorializing

Released by Ben James, BC Liberal caucus


hilliwack MLA John Les has asked the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to investigate series of negative and partisan ads that appear to have been paid for using the constituency office allowance from Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali.

"These ads are clearly partisan, direct readers to the BC NDP's political party website, and personally attack a fellow MLA," said Les. "If it turns out these ads originated from and were paid for by Mr. Lali's taxpayer-funded constituency allowance, it would a violation of the standards of conduct for MLAs. This is why I've asked the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly to investigate and I look forward to his ruling."

The ads, which are not identified as being paid for by a political party, all contain MLA Lali's constituency office address and contact information but also include the BC NDP's political website address along with partisan editorializing on BC Place, forestry export policies, and the all-party Special Committee to Appoint an Auditor General.

Ads paid for using taxpayer-funded constituency allowances are meant to be informational in nature and cannot be used to promote political parties or advocate partisan positions.

Last week, Les sent a letter to the Speaker asking him to investigate a negative, partisan news release issued by Mr. Lali's constituency office that attacked one of his political opponents. Mr. Lali subsequently stated here in  "(the) press release of Jan. 28, 2013, was inadvertently sent out of my MLA constituency office, it was an honest mistake." Lali also said he takes, "full responsibility and will ensure it does not happen again."

"This is not a one-time, isolated incident by Mr. Lali. This is a co-ordinated series of negative attacks that I believe it is a blatant misuse of taxpayer money," added Les. "Adrian Dix says he disapproves of negative, partisan advertising. The repeated actions of Mr. Lali are further proof that Mr. Dix is all talk and no action when it comes to negative and personal attacks."

Link to a .pdf files of  MLA Les' Letter to the Speaker here and ads placed by Fraser-Nicola MLA Harry Lali here.



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