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More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Rwede » Dec 7th, 2012, 8:33 am

Tricky Dix and the NDP caught failing to declare campaign contributions AGAIN, in violation of BC Elections Act.

Geez, this guy is ROTTEN to the core!



NDP preparing its labour platform hand-in-glove with B.C. Federation of Labour

Michael Smyth, The Province : Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:10 PM

Unions across B.C. are in “extensive” pre-election talks with the NDP, and the party’s labour platform is being developed with the B.C. Federation of Labour, according to a document obtained Thursday by The Province.

The labour organization also poured money and staff time into two recent by-elections, the document says, though the NDP candidates in both by-elections did not list the B.C. Federation of Labour as a donor in campaign-finance reports.

It all has the rival Liberals slamming “heavy handed” union influence in the NDP backrooms, and questioning whether the New Democrats properly disclosed campaign donations from the province’s largest labour organization.

“Adrian Dix tried to fool people that he was a moderate with a modest agenda,” Liberal campaign director Mike McDonald said of the NDP leader.

“He just got busted.”

The 11-page document was prepared for the executive of the B.C. Federation of Labour and distributed at its recent convention. It details the organization’s top priorities and its work with the NDP to achieve them.

“Labour platform is being developed with the B.C. NDP,” the document says.

“This includes extensive affiliate discussions on key issues including the B.C. Labour Code, Workers Compensation Board, trades training and employment standards.”

The document had the Liberals seeing red and on the attack.

“It spells out how big labour is working hand-in-hand with the NDP to develop their policies for them,” said Liberal cabinet minister Mary Polak.

She said business should worry about an NDP government bringing in pro-union labour laws and workplace regulations that will raise their costs and deflate investor confidence.

“It’s clear from the document that this is the same old NDP of the 1970s and 1990s and it could hurt our economy,” she said.

But NDP MLA Carole James said the party is simply listening to labour’s concerns, and the NDP will write its own policy platform, not the labour movement.

“They’re presenting their ideas to us and we’re listening,” she said, adding none of the labour movement’s “suggestions” have been officially adopted by the party yet.

“Only the Liberals would attack us for consulting with people. They’re fearmongering.”

B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair said copies of the document were widely circulated at the organization’s recent convention.

“It’s hardly a secret agenda,” he said. “We’ve been very open about the fact that we’re lobbying the party.”

But Polak disagreed.

“Adrian Dix has been saying he’s friendly to business, but business is not writing the NDP election platform — big labour is,” she said.

The document says the B.C. Federation of Labour wants an overhaul of the Labour Code. The organization has already said it wants an NDP government to scrap the secret-ballot rule for certifying a union, requiring a majority of workers to simply sign a union card instead.

The group also wants a “total review” of the Workers Compensation Board, and “fair” apprenticeship rules and employment standards affecting union and non-union workers alike.

Under the heading “Ensuring the NDP Wins in 2013”, the document calls for “creating opportunities for Adrian/NDP to directly engage members. We have to publicly support Adrian/NDP with our members, instil confidence in his leadership.”

On the two recent by-elections — both won by the NDP — the document details work and donations: “The Federation co-ordinated a fundraising drive that raised $120,000 for the by-elections. In addition, staff worked full-time organizing volunteers.”

Yet the campaign-finance reports disclosed by winning NDP candidate Joe Trasolini and Gwen O’Mahony did not list the B.C. Federation of Labour as donors of money or staff.


“It doesn’t seem right,” said Polak, adding the donations should be reviewed.

But NDP provincial secretary Jan O’Brien said the money raised by the Federation was donated to the NDP head office, properly disclosed, and then transferred to the byelection campaigns.

And she said Federation staff did not work on the byelection campaigns directly, so no public disclosure was required — an explanation Polak found “disingenuous.”

The NDP, meanwhile, pointed out that McDonald (the Liberal campaign director) has scheduled a “stakeholder meeting” in the boardroom of the B.C. Business Council next week.

“That shouldn’t surprise anyone,” said Sinclair. “At least we’re being open about our work with the NDP.”



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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Urbane » Dec 7th, 2012, 8:58 am

The NDP spin doctors will be on here shortly telling us that since Dix won't be going to prison that he did nothing wrong. Dix and his team are ethically challenged and this latest chapter just provides more evidence of that. And some people want these guys running the province??
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Veovis » Dec 7th, 2012, 10:01 am

No no, you see this was once again likely just a simply misunderstanding. A clerical error perhaps. The NDP would never resort to political games and maneuvering. That's only for the "evil" Liberals I thought.

You would think coming into an election where your party is taking a moral high ground and declaring for "change" you wouldn't pull stupid crap like the liberals have been caught doing.

At least it shows that a tiger doesn't change his stripes, even after 12 years have passed.

I will like hearing how this is a simple misunderstanding, but if it's misappropriate behavior by a Liberal it's a scandal.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Gone_Fishin » Dec 7th, 2012, 1:28 pm

Holy crap! There goes Dix down the illegal path again. The guy stinks.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Urbane » Dec 7th, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Fisher-Dude wrote:Holy crap! There goes Dix down the illegal path again. The guy stinks.
Not that there was any doubt but it's clearer than ever that Dix and his team are just up to the same old tricks. If he becomes Premier expect the same type of government with the same results that we had in the 1990's.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Gone_Fishin » Dec 7th, 2012, 8:47 pm

Hey, on closer inspection, the BC Fed also produced "thousands of leaflets" for the by-elections too, none of which was claimed by the NDP in the financial disclosure documents.

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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby NAB » Dec 8th, 2012, 11:46 am

No, they provided thousands of leaflets to their union affiliates, for those affiliates to in turn make available to their union members.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Urbane » Dec 8th, 2012, 1:50 pm

    NAB wrote:No, they provided thousands of leaflets to their union affiliates, for those affiliates to in turn make available to their union members.
You go to any lengths to excuse any wrongdoing on the part of Dix and the NDP. You lost any objectivity long ago and that's too bad. It's really hard to have a serious discussion with someone who denies the obvious.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Rwede » Dec 10th, 2012, 4:45 pm

NAB wrote:No, they provided thousands of leaflets to their union affiliates, for those affiliates to in turn make available to their union members.



Election advertising sponsors must be registered
239 (1) Subject to subsection (2), an individual or organization who is not registered under this Division must not sponsor election advertising.

(2) A candidate, registered political party or registered constituency association is not required to be registered as a sponsor if the individual or organization is required to file an election financing report by which the election advertising is disclosed as an election expense.

(3) An individual or organization who is registered or required to be registered as a sponsor must be independent of registered political parties, registered constituency organizations, candidates, agents of candidates and financial agents, and must not sponsor election advertising on behalf of or together with any of these.


Election advertising must identify sponsor
231 (1) Subject to subsection (2), an individual or organization must not sponsor, or publish, broadcast or transmit to the public, any election advertising unless the advertising

(a) identifies the name of the sponsor or, in the case of a candidate, the name of the candidate's financial agent or the financial agent of the registered political party represented by the candidate,

(b) if applicable, indicates that the sponsor is a registered sponsor under this Act,

(c) indicates that it was authorized by the identified sponsor or financial agent, and

(d) gives a telephone number or mailing address at which the sponsor or financial agent may be contacted regarding the advertising.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any class of election advertising exempted under section 283.

(3) The chief electoral officer, or a person acting on the direction of the chief electoral officer, may

(a) remove and destroy, without notice to any person, or

(b) require a person to remove or discontinue, and destroy,

any election advertising that does not meet the requirements of subsection (1) and is not exempted under subsection (2).


Third party advertising limits
235.1 (1) In respect of a general election conducted in accordance with section 23 (2) of the Constitution Act, an individual or organization other than a candidate, registered political party or registered constituency association must not sponsor, directly or indirectly, election advertising during the period beginning 60 days before the campaign period and ending at the end of the campaign period

(a) such that the total value of that election advertising is greater than

(i) $3 000 in relation to a single electoral district, and

(ii) $150 000 overall, or

(b) in combination with one or more individuals or organizations, or both, such that the total value of the election advertising sponsored by those individuals and organizations is greater than

(i) $3 000 in relation to a single electoral district, and

(ii) $150 000 overall.

(2) In respect of a general election conducted other than in accordance with section 23 (2) of the Constitution Act, the limits under subsection (1) do not apply to the period beginning 60 days before campaign period, but do apply to the campaign period.

(3) In respect of a by-election, the limits under subsection (1) do not apply to the period beginning 60 days before campaign period, but the limits under subsection (1) (a) (i) and (b) (i) do apply to the campaign period.

(4) Section 204 applies to adjust the amounts under this section.



"Thousands of leaflets" and in-kind labour - wayyyyyy over the $3,000 limit and completely illegal. Bad, bad, bad Dix!
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Artofthedeal » Dec 11th, 2012, 10:24 am

so how do we get an investigation going and ultimately get Dix and his crew of shysters punted? You know that this same kind of crooked nonsense is going to go on in the election next year, so might as well nip these scum in the bag right now.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby Rwede » Dec 11th, 2012, 12:36 pm

Artofthedeal wrote:so how do we get an investigation going and ultimately get Dix and his crew of shysters punted? You know that this same kind of crooked nonsense is going to go on in the election next year, so might as well nip these scum in the bag right now.



The byelections should be declared null and void, as illegal advertising was involved to a large extent. I understand that it is being investigated as we speak. Hopefully, Dix's use of more illegal means will be the huge election issue it deserves to be. The guy should be rotting in a jail cell after all the crap he's been involved in, IMO.
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Re: More Dix Trix in Recent Byelections!

Postby George+ » Dec 11th, 2012, 4:24 pm

The byelections should be declared null and void,
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