The BC Liberal party launched campaign-style attacks ads Thursday on the BC Conservative Party, elevating the fledgling party to a serious rival for right-of-centre voters.
With a new website and radio ads, the BC Liberals are calling out BC Conservative leader John Cummins for voting for the BC New Democratic Party in the last provincial election. “He sure likes everyone thinking he is a real conservative,” says a male voice in the radio spot. “What a joke.”
Mr. Cummins said he is delighted to see that he is getting under the governing BC Liberals’ skin.
“I appreciate the ads,” he told reporters. “it’s probably simply going to attract people to us. I’m flattered by the attention. It says to me we are hitting home with our criticisms of this BC Liberal government.”
Mary Polak, minister of aboriginal relations and MLA for Langley, led the Liberal attacks. Although Premier Christy Clark has said there won’t be a provincial election until May 2013, Ms. Polak said it is not too early to battle for the hearts of small-c conservative voters in B.C.
“Really John Cummins is still largely an unknown entity for British Columbians and we think it’s time they knew who the real John Cummins is,” she said. “The concern here, there is only one free enterprise party here in British Columbia and that is the BC Liberal party.”