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B.C. Liberals on public payroll in hot water over anti-Dix website

A screen shot from the anti-NDP ad some Liberal caucus workers contributed to while working at their taxpayer-funded jobs.

B.C. Liberal caucus workers who are paid to spend their days highlighting the efforts of Liberal members of the legislature are being told to keep their noses out of Liberal Party attack ads while on government time.

Liberal caucus spokesman Ben James says caucus workers were reminded today their caucus duties do not include doing party work during their day jobs.

Mr. James says a caucus-wide note was issued after e-mails surfaced indicating some members of the Liberal caucus helped produce a Liberal Party website criticizing New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix.

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The Can' website was released by the Liberal Party in October 2011, calling Dix the architect of B.C.'s economic decline during the 1990s and reminding voters he "fabricated a memo" for former NDP premier Glen Clark.

NDP social development critic Carole James says the anti-Dix website and its creators reveal a government and party out of ideas as it sputters towards a May election.

Officials in Premier Christy Clark's office say they are not commenting on the creation and release of the website.

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