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August 4, 2012

Dix & Clark Campaigning

Premier Christy Clark and NDP Opposition Leader Adrian Dix have both been attending community events throughout the province this summer. Friday before the August long weekend saw both of them in the Lower Mainland, Clark in Delta, Dix in North Vancouver.

The South Delta Leader reported on Clark's address to a women's only luncheon; thanks to someone who told their reporter what happened behind doors closed to reporters of any gender. Clark took six questions from the 40 women in attendance. A reporter tweeted that prior to entering the meeting, Clark took only three questions from the throng of assembled reporters and wouldn't allow follow-up questions. She exited the meeting via a back door, refusing to take any further questions from the media gathered outside.

Dix and HansonOutside Delaney's Coffee House on the Plaza of Lynn Valley Village Dix addressed 40 people, mostly seniors who were invited to hear him speak about issues affecting them. After being introduced by North Vancouver-Seymour NDP candidate Jim Hanson, Dix remarked that in speaking to thousands of seniors throughout BC he's never heard anyone say they want to go into a care facility. He added that when it is necessary to live in an institution, families should have single stop access on a website to detailed information on what is available and what to expect, as recommended by BC's Ombudsman. He also spoke about the stress residents suffer when some operators lay off all their staff and hire new. Dix took questions as long as there were any on topics ranging from Dr. Brian Day and the Medicare Protection Act to log exports, always demonstrating an in depth understanding of the issues. He sat down with a reporter from the North Shore Outlook and did an interview on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

It is tempting to contrast how Clark and Dix relate to audiences and to the media, but as Dix would say: those matters are best left to the voters who will make their own decisions.