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British Columbia NDP leader Adrian Dix speaks during a news conference with families of serial killer Robert Pickton's victims in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday March 29, 2012. (DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
British Columbia NDP leader Adrian Dix speaks during a news conference with families of serial killer Robert Pickton's victims in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday March 29, 2012. (DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Sunny Dhillon

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When it comes to B.C. politics, parody Twitter accounts are few and far between.

Premier Christy Clark does not appear to have a micro-blogging doppelganger. Opposition Leader Adrian Dix does, though the person behind the fake account tweeted only twice before losing interest.

But sift through the #bcpoli hashtag and you’ll no doubt spy a tweet from @NotBCNDP – a parody account that opened last month and utilizes the bright orange logo of Mr. Dix’s New Democratic Party.

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The account is clearly fake. The word “parody” is in the profile description, and its listed name is “The Infamous BC NDP.”

An interview request is quickly met with a question about anonymity. An e-mail follows. The sender’s fake name? Naturally, it’s Glen Clark – as in the former NDP premier who resigned following a casino scandal.

@NotBCNDP writes: “I started the account to remind people that the sky isn’t falling, and that the new NDP regime [is] actually the same old NDP we forgot about. However, I’m obviously trying to have a little fun with it as well. ;)”

One might suggest a parody account, particularly one for a political party, carries some ethical concerns. @NotBCNDP has a simple response when asked if someone could mistake him for the official @BCNDP account: “If you read any of my tweets you’ll see that it’s pretty unlikely!”

Whether the parody account spawns any spinoffs remains to be seen. @NotBCLiberals does appear to be available...

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Christy Clark had no trouble generating buzz in the Twitterverse this week, though it had nothing to do with a fake account.

Ms. Clark was at a Philippines Independence Day event when she told the crowd: “In my heart, I am Filipina.” She was mocked for going above and beyond normal political pandering. As @Phanyxx tweeted: “#facepalm”

Ms. Clark’s statement even inspired someone to upload a photo of her praying to satirical website memegenerator.net. Visitors can change the photo’s caption to whichever ethnicity they prefer.

On Tuesday, Ms. Clark was at a fundraising dinner when she compared her Liberals to the Los Angeles Kings – the hockey team that knocked the Vancouver Canucks out of the playoffs. B.C. residents are used to seeing Ms. Clark in her Canucks jersey, so it was a surprising statement. But with an election set for May, Ms. Clark said the key for the Liberals is the same as it was for the Kings – to believe.

Canucks fans, hardly known for taking things in stride, didn’t.

@Bmon555: “Christy has THE worst speech writer. #Canucks #bcpoli”

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