It may be a crime. Using taxpayer-paid-for facilities, equipment and supplies for personal or partisan purposes.
But that’s exactly what Liberal caucus staff did as they prepared to launch their anti-NDP anti-Dix campaign website.
And it’s not good enough for them , once exposed by The Province … yes, the MSM … to now admit a breach of BC Government Standards of Conduct and just say “Sorry”.
Heads should roll.
Because the ads and the campaign were not put together by some minor official working in a regional office (although even that would be totally unacceptable) but reportedly by Liberal-appointed government employees, right at the Legislature, supposedly “working’ under supervision of the Premier’s Office and Christy Clark.
These are not neophytes to government: I don’t believe they can argue they didn’t know the rules or just forgot for a moment.
Looks to me like a blatant screw-the-public attitude: we’re in our government offices;we have our government computers;we have time to do it; and, so what if we use all these facilities to communicate for the partisan benefit of the Liberal Party. No one is watching!
Someone is ALWAYS watching and talking, especially when they themselves understand right from wrong and why there are rules to protect the public from partisan employees who apparently lack the ethics that tells them right from wrong.
And what could be more wrong than using those facilities and equipment to send messages back and forth as they worked on a highly partisan and nasty website and campaign attacking the NDP leader’s character with unflattering photos, name-calling and promoting Liberal interests.
Who knows what other uses of government/taxpayer facilities, equipment and even time are being used to do partisan work … Liberal or NDP?
It reminds me of the “dirty tricks scandal” back in the 1970s when Socred (aren’t they now Liberals?) caucus workers did partisan work and even wrote phony letters to the editor using other people’s names improperly.
Heads rolled then …and should now.
It will be an interesting …and enlightening … experience to see where the Liberals’ ethics are as they handle this one.