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.
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.