British Columbia is living up to it's reputation of being the wild west of Canadian politics — this time, literally.
Since the beginning of the election campaign two weeks ago, the fledgling B.C. Conservative Party has fired three candidates after discovering some 'bozo' remarks they made both on social and traditional media.
One of those fired was Mischa Popoff, the Tory candidate for Boundary Similkameen.
Popoff, according to the Vancouver Sun, wrote controversial opinion pieces that sometimes appeared in Kelowna newspapers.
In March 2012, he wrote: “No one can blame a woman who experiences divorce or abandonment after having kids. The issue is with women who enter parenthood with their eyes wide open without a man by their side, either by using a man to get pregnant or through a sperm bank.”
On the Missing Women Inquiry, he wrote: “No one wants prostitutes to go missing. But guess what? They do, and no inquiry is going to change that.”
Well Popoff wasn't happy that he was sent off.
He's now running as an independent and this morning released this video:
As mentioned, Popoff has company.
Last week the party fired Ian Toothill, their Vancouver-False Creek candidate for some 'dumb' tweets.
"Who’s really to blame? Hitler or the people who acted on his words?," he wrote once wrote according to Canada.com.
In another tweet he wrote "men love sluts."
Then, a couple of days ago, the party was forced to fire Ron Hebert, a Vancouver-West End candidate for an apparent tweet where he called Premier Christy Clark a "bitch."
Neither Toothill nor Hebert has produced an animal video — that we know of.
While the firings are great fodder for the media, they're an unneeded distraction for a party that had an opportunity to benefit from the unpopularity of the Clark Liberals.
Over the weekend, B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins has ordered a re-vetting of all candidates.
Unfortunately for him, it might be a case of too little, too late.
(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)
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