Two Vancouver-area lawyers have filed a Notice of Civil Claim against the B.C. Government and the B.C. Liberal Party.
The claim, filed by lawyers Paul Doroshenko and David Fai on behalf of a concerned taxpayer, alleges the Province is spending as much as $15-million of taxpayer money to boost the Liberals’ image.
In a press release, the duo says the moves add up to “unjust enrichment” for the party.
They’re looking to have the lawsuit certified as a class action.
When the B.C. Liberals were in opposition, Premier Christy Clark slammed the then NDP Government for self-promoting with taxpayer dollars.
Doroshenko says their lawsuit aims to bring Clark’s hypocrisy to light.
“Here we are now a couple decades later and they are doing it at a level that far exceeds anything that the NDP ever did.”
The lawsuit is being crowdfunded through a GoFundMe page.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
“B.C. Liberals just want to stay in power”
Meanwhile, B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan is reacting to the news of the lawsuit.
Horgan says that he won’t be surprised if the B.C. Liberals stay silent about the lawsuit, but adds the number of lawsuits is getting harder to ignore.
“I’m sure now they’re going to be able to say it’s before the courts, but we also have a court action with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, the outstanding independent Child and Youth Representative who has had to sue the government because they marginalized her and refused to meet with her for the last year of her term.”
He went on to say that the lawsuit is proof the B.C. Liberals just want to stay in power.
“This is all about a government singularly focused on one thing, and that’s clinging to power.”
When asked if he thinks the NDP stand a better chance of winning B.C.’s upcoming Provincial Election, Horgan said people now have more confidence in the NDP than the Liberals.
Issues should be addressed in the election, not a courtroom
In response to the lawsuit, the B.C. Liberals offer up a statement from Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson.
He says the suit is timed to occur just before the BC election, and the issues should be addressed in the election itself, not in a courtroom.
He goes on to say the government is informing British Columbians about important services and programs, the fentanyl crisis, changes to MSP premiums, and workplace transition programs.
The government worked with the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that all information campaigns fulfil clear criteria.