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Stop partisan advertising, urges B.C. NDP

COMOX VALLEY CANDIDATE Kassandra Dycke spent some time Sunday with Powell River-Sunshine Coast NDP MLA Nicholas Simons. - Photo submitted
COMOX VALLEY CANDIDATE Kassandra Dycke spent some time Sunday with Powell River-Sunshine Coast NDP MLA Nicholas Simons.
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The B.C. New Democrats are calling on the B.C. Liberals to immediately stop spending millions of taxpayer dollars on partisan political advertising.

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons said that Sunday at the annual general meeting of the Comox Valley NDP.

“The B.C. Liberals started the new year by bombarding the airwaves with more taxpayer-funded partisan ads,” said Simons. “Every time I see one those expensive ads on TV, I think about how that money should be used for something necessary, like home care for our seniors.”

Simons urged people to sign an online petition calling on the government to stop wasting $15 million on partisan ads by visiting www.bcndp.ca.

Comox Valley NDP candidate Kassandra Dycke, who also spoke at the meeting, said voters are frustrated to see the government spend $15 million public dollars on partisan ads when the money should be directed to people who need services.

In an upbeat, passionate speech, Dycke said that people in the Comox Valley are counting on the NDP to bring positive change to B.C.

“As a province, we’ve got to do better,” she said. “We’ve got to provide education and skills training for our young people, we’ve got to protect our coast from oil spills, and we’ve got to build a sustainable, diversified economy.”

Dycke said the coming campaign is going to be tough, but the Comox Valley has never been better prepared. “We know the negative attack ads on Adrian Dix and the NDP will be fierce,” she said. “But we’re going to run a positive campaign focused on practical solutions.

“We have knocked on thousands of doors over the past year. We’ve got hundreds of volunteers lined up. And we’re determined to run the strongest campaign we’ve seen in the Comox Valley.”

A provincial election is scheduled for May.

— Comox Valley NDP

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