Caucus workers at legislature crafted attack on Dix

A Liberal Party attack website aimed at NDP leader Adrian Dix was crafted by government employees at the B.C. legislature under the watchful eye of the Premier’s Office and a Christy Clark loyalist, a series of government emails obtained by The Province reveal.

Launched by the B.C. Liberal Party in October 2011, the CantAffordDix.ca website featured aggressive assaults on Dix’s character and unflattering photos of the NDP leader. The site called Dix “Pinocchio” and the “chief architect” of B.C.’s “nightmare” ’90s.

Featuring a smashed piggy bank as a central piece of art, the site also included a legal notice stating it was produced by the Liberal Party of B.C.

But emails leaked to The Province show the site was in reality conceived and developed by government employees, who used a taxpayer-financed computer network to brainstorm the project and, later, to liaise with the B.C. Liberal Party.

“Hi Team, What do you think of ‘TheRealDix.ca Reckless, Dishonest, Secret’ for the website we discussed?” Thomas Marshall, then a communications officer with the Liberal government caucus, emailed to a select circle of government staffers on Aug. 23, 2011.

The email was time-stamped at 2:58 p.m. and sent from Marshall’s work email account.

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