Premier Clark says the BC NDP hacked her BC Liberal party’s website on Tuesday, however she offered no actual proof that it was the BC NDP who allegedly hacked the website.
All of this comes after an article published on Monday by Vancouver Province columnist Mike Smyth, revealing that over the weekend he was able to easily access the private information of about one hundred residents of Vancouver Island who appeared on a BC Liberal list on the website entitled “Generated Leads”.
The list contained the email addresses and postal codes of those who had responded to a BC Liberal public engagement campaign undertaken to identify possible voters for the upcoming election.
What Smyth assured us was easily accessible, and what was likely a mistake, now has the BC Liberals and the Premier making claims of hacking.
I guess we hadn’t had enough talk about hacking in the aftermath of the US election.
Watch as I fill in the details and explain why the last thing the BC Liberals need is another scandal.
The BC Liberals are on thin ice with BC voters after 16 years in power. There are dozens more scandals, big and small, and they could lose this election if they keep playing games like this one about hacking allegations against the NDP.
Instead, Clark and the Liberals should focus on what has made British Columbians give them such a long run in office like championing responsible resource production and transportation, being a friend of free-enterprise, lowering taxes and the cost of living, and of course, pointing out the weaknesses of NDP policies.
But, if they get into a routine of sensational allegations, BC voters might tune the Liberals out and say it's time for a change.
If that happens, John Horgan could be the next premier of BC, and that's a scary thought.