Cassidy Olivier, in The Province, has the blockbuster of a story.
Here's his lede:
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...
I mean, seriously, how low does one have to go to keep one's seat at the table in Snookville these days?
All snark aside, this is disgusting, corrosive to the body politic, and profoundly anti-democratic.
And it is being done by people who are being paid with our money while they do their Ratfucking.
This type of stuff, which goes right back to the 'media-monitoring' days when Mr. Basi was still in the Campbell-Clark government good books, is the real reason that they all must go.
Because they are ALL culpable.
(and, given that everyone knows it, anyone who signs up as a new 'star' candidate must go too)