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Dix finds something nice to say about Liberals

British Columbia NDP Leader Adrian Dix pauses while speaking to reporters after announcing that if elected an NDP government would allow compensation for students that attended Woodlands School prior to 1974, during a news conference in New Westminster, B.C., on Monday February 4, 2013.

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They were improbable words – even for a candidate who has touted the virtues of running a positive campaign.

"The Liberals have done lots of good things," Adrian Dix said Thursday.

The B.C. NDP Leader was making a point about keeping Liberal measures should voters elect the NDP on May. 14. This week, Maurine Karagianis, who is the party's critic on liquor and alcohol policy, said an NDP government would keep all of the changes the Liberals have enacted on the file.

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Mr. Dix said he would go further, declaring himself a fan of the carbon tax the NDP ferociously opposed in the 2009 election, all-day kindergarten and the Tsawwassen treaty.

"I won't give you a top 10 list," of positive Liberal measures, he said, but added that new governments sometimes make the mistake of proceeding to "blow things up" just to affix their names to new approaches that are not necessary.

"Where decisions are good decisions, we'll build on them. Not everything the Liberals have done over 10 years is bad. We're going to try and build on the good things, and bring correction where they have been off base."

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