Concerned Citizens for B.C. present a misleading image of themselves

Former corporate CEO Jim Shepard is fronting a shadowy group that's running attack ads on NDP Leader Adrian Dix.

I went to the website of Concerned Citizens for B.C. to find out more about a group that's spending $1 million to try to influence the next election.

Under the "about us" section, I found a group of absurdly happy people alongside these words:

We’re a group of concerned citizens. Mothers, fathers, retirees, employers and employees.

We come from all parts of BC. We love this province and its hard-won prosperity, and considering what’s going on in the rest of the world we’re concerned about its future.

Then I went to one of the world's most popular image banks, iStock, and punched in the words "happy people". Lo and behold, the same photo popped up.

Our guess? There are no British Columbians in this photo.

You would think with all that money, Shepard's group could have hired some local models and created jobs for B.C.

Why did Concerned Citizens of B.C. feel it was necessary to go to an image bank to identify themselves? Maybe because they have something to hide.

In case you're wondering, Shepard is a former adviser to Premier Christy Clark.

Here's what he looks like. Kinda corporate.

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K.Dedosenco
Since Shepard was a director of B.C. Rail throughout the sale he obviously has a HUGE interest in keeping Dix and the NDP from holding an inquiry. He clearly is focusing on spending more on distribution of this garbage than creative and intelligent content of the ad. All the more reason to see the B.C. Rail issue to the end.
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Alex Operacz
This smacks of American election campaign tactics, a la Superpacs and Pacs(political action comittees). When will Jim Shepard and people of his ilk realize that citizens will not vote for hurtful policy, no matter how much money is thrown at it to make the bad policy seem palatable. If the business coalition that contributed one million dollars has this much money to try and buy the next provincial election, perhaps they would like to hire more workers instead, and in so doing stimulate the B.C. economy.
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Mister T
Another Astroturf Movement brought to you by Cap'n Crunch's BC Lie-beral Party.

BC Rail Inquriy ASAP! We need to put the fraudsters who stole from our province in jail.
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RUK
Oh, they used a stock photo!

I hardly want to know now, but does this website make any other kind of statement or allegation that would be possibly something that the media could consider for fact-checking....?
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David
The people of BC need to have independent oversight because corrupt behavior has become far too common and comfortable in all our levels of the BC liberal government. Public preconception is everything "Politician are so out of touch and lack any basic common sense there are simply unaware of their own gross incompetence.Most politicians never meet with the actual people they claim and payed to represent. Instead, they spend their time cavorting with corporate professional trained lobbyist who operate based on the simple principle of greed and convincing politician there way or idea are the right way.lobbyists have easy, daily access too all BC liberal politicians offices in Victoria leaving behind trails of cash and corruption.Premier Clark has changed her political position so many times, even she doesn't know where she stands. Clark shouldn't even vote for herself. The women is delusional, or so out of touch with reality, she thinks liberal voters will vote for her no matter how many times she does and an about face or contradicts herself..The BC liberals are intentionally trying to deceive and delude the public, to keep NDP from being elected. You can't trust them.Clark is on his so-called "foreign" policy tour, but she has no foreign policy experience, premier Clark is just so transparent and phony and seems to think she can just "charm "her way out her flip-flopping...but it ain't working! Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. premier Clark, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.BC liberals policies on health, finances, "temporary foreign worker program"government-sanctioned way for big business to by-pass Canadian workers and substitute with cheap foreign labor All they have to do is say the employees require "specialized knowledge"It depresses wages for Canadians and creates a cheap pool of easily exploited and disposable labor, We want an honest government. So tell us the truth about B.C. Rail.You have forced many families to suffer, your motto "Families First" was so meaningless, just as your party has become! Let's bring on the full BC Rail fraud inquiry and uncover the fraudulent details about the Basi -- Virk payoff.
Considering the number of blunders, bad business decisions, selling dividend paying assets[bc rail] , preoccupation with dealin
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Real Concerned Citizen
Senior of 85 years who's family doctor has retired has to sit in a walk-in-clinic for almost 2 hours to see a doctor great Health Care!!!

Grandchildren have to move to Alberta so as to support their family great jobs created in BC!!!
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Loretta
For all we know, Shepard and Christy are the only members of this fake political group. I wonder if they had fun making up fake names? How much does it really cost to put up a website with a blurb and photo?
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Clean out the garbage
British Columbians: stop being boneheads and elect someone new, like say, the Green Party.

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Forest
These specious attack ads are running on the rock station PEAK 102.7 (whose playlist comprises the mainstay hits of hipster alt. rock). Funny that PEAK 102.7 would run such unmitigated slander, but, well, advertising revenue is all. Where's the irony in that, hipsters?
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Doug Bjorkman
Though I have no desire to see an NDP Government I am glad to see groups trying to buy elections taken to task in this way. Obviously though these are people with more money than sense, Did they think no one would notice a stock photo?
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Gary Young
Another deceptive pile of crap from the Liberals... we are probably paying these schills.... their name should be concerned citizens for a Liberal govt.
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The Burger King
That picture looks like it was made for a church bulletin with perfect happy people with happy faces with perfect teeth perfect hair who left their brains at home but brought their wallets to church.
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darren s
I am sick of these guys pretending their concerned for b.c! Their concerned about not getting to suck us dry anymore.They don't want anyone to dig deep about the corporate handouts the liberals have been adorning them with. Its's the end of the road for the liberals !!!!!
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Kristine
I would like to know what business interests are behind this organization, other than Mr. Shephard himself. Then I can boycott them. I've complained a dozen times to Global and the CC4BC website itself about their incessant ads, but received no response.
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"Concerned Citizens for BC" about par with "Citizens United" in the USA...
This so-called "citizens" group is a corporate lobby group supporting the BC Liberal Party. I'm sure they got the idea for the misleading name from the Republican-funded Citizens United corporate lobby in the US.
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Den
Geez...News Networks use Blue/Green Screens and claim "LIVE", Politicians use stock photos..."Why"?? because We believe every bit of drivel that drops out of them...Stop and investigate the backgrounds of candidates and never allow Lawyers or ex-Corporates into position, secondly quit bloody clapping everytime they promise stuff and watch what they do and not what they say. Call for Audits and never allow them to sell off Canada to a USA/Mexico union. Its time we get off our cans and take back what's ours....
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WinkDinkerson
Sounds like the 'the Liberals' are using "Rove" tactics, but they're so 2004.
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Kats
Beware of any Sustainability projects in your local communities or Green efforts ( These are "Red"), Concerned parents should be watching for these. The first noticeable wave were the "Smart Meters"..
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Howard
Also - Jim's original "Dear Friend"letter contained a paragraph that said , in part, "This is not about Christie Clark or Adrian Dix as people. I respect both of their commitments to public service." "...C C wants to make their differences known so that you, the voter, can decide." THE ENTIRE PARAGRAPH HAS BEEN DELETED FROM THE SITE ! No explanation ! Also - exactly who is paying for these very expensive ads ?
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Terry Smith
CC4BC OMG why dont they just say liberal party sister! Christy Clark = Sarah Palin's twin!
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