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B.C. Conservatives ditch candidate over ‘insensitive’ comments about single mothers


Mischa Popoff

Mischa Popoff has been removed as a Conservative candidate in the upcoming B.C. election after he made comments about single mothers that the party deemed “insensitive and disrespectful.”

Popoff was the candidate for the south interior riding of Boundary-Similkameen before the Vancouver Sun revealed statements made by Popoff where he spoke out against the Missing Women Inquiry and criticized single mothers for having a child “without a man by their side.”

The Conservative Party released a statement late Thursday, saying that Popoff had been removed. The statement read:

“Mr. Popoff’s various comments were insensitive and disrespectful, particularly to women and single mothers who are, in fact, heroes to their children and their communities in many cases. We are a party that believes in a respectful airing of views. Mr. Popoff’s statements were unacceptable and he has been removed as a candidate.”

By Friday morning, the link to Popoff’s former Conservative website was dead.

The race in Boundary-Similkameen is considered a tight one, as incumbent MLA John Slater is not running again. The Tyee predicts the riding will likely go to the NDP.

Popoff is the second Conservative candidate to get the boot in a two-day period. Ian Tootill was removed as a candidate after the Vancouver Sun published a tweet from his account in October, where he posted: “Who’s really to blame? Hitler or the people who acted on his words?”

Rather than apologizing for the tweet, and other past questionable comments posted online, Tootill defended his words, telling the Sun: “I told my party when I was being vetted that I happened to have a bit of an edgy sense of humour. I think there’s not enough sense of humour in the legislature. I think that sometimes people are way too stiff, way too hard on politicians.”

Apparently, his party did not share that same sense of humour and Tootill was removed as an official Conservative candidate on Wednesday afternoon.

Tootill will continue to run as an independent candidate in Vancouver-False Creek.

The B.C. election takes place May 14.

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B.C. Conservatives ditch candidate over ‘insensitive’ comments about single mothers

  1. The BC Conservative Party is to be commended for their committment to providing brainless British Columbians with employment opportunities.

  2. Popoff’s only problem was that the truth is no longer politically correct. There is plenty of evidence from all over the world that single parent families, especially led by women, raise children who get involved with crime at a higher rate than children from traditional families.

    Here’s one reported by the Daily Mail in 2010. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said “Children from broken homes are nine times more likely to commit a crime than those brought up in stable families.”

    Here are some American statistics from the Separated Parenting Access and Resource Center. Children from a fatherless home are:

    5 times more likely to commit suicide
    32 times more likely to run away
    20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
    14 times more likely to commit rape
    9 times more likely to drop out of school
    10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances

    Is it ‘insensitive’ to say this; certainly. Is it also true? Yes. So all the commentators here who think Popoff is ‘brainless’ should have a look in the mirror.

    9 times more likely to end up in a state operated institution 20 times more likely to end up in prison ‘Insensitive to say this

    • And where are your stats on motherless households? Mmmm? Yeah I thought not.

      • Try to keep up here Joy. Those are the stats. Right there above your comments. No no… look up. Up! Oh… forget it.

    • And what about abusive fathers in the home???? What are the stats there?

      • Yes Moomur, that’s a problem as well. No one’s denying that.
        you should take a few minutes and read my columns sometimes. My wife tells me they’re fantastic!

        • I’m sure she does, she’s your wife! lol

    • These women are most likely raising kids that were abandoned by daddy, not women who ran to the sperm bank.

      • In my column I distinguished between women who were married when they had kids and then got divorced, and women who purposely got pregnant knowing they have no partner.

  3. Why do so many people assume all single moms want to be single moms? Some common sense would go along way here. Lets face it, some men LEAVE!

  4. I would have thought a media outlet as reputable as MacLean’s would see fit to provide its readers with actual examples of what I said about single mothers. How is anyone to understand why it’s alleged to have been so “insensitive and disrespectful.”
    I also wonder if the leader of the BC Conservatives, John Cummins, even bothered to read my column on parenting which was vetted by a highly respected newspaper editor here in the Okanagan. Or does he think we’re just a bunch of red-necked bohunks out here?

    I predict that if Mr. Cummins remains tentative about being a conservative, he’ll lose on May 14th. And I’m talking about his own seat.

    See you on the hustings!

  5. This just in from Bill Vander Zalm:
    “I’ve been watching Mischa Popoff’s campaign in the Boundary-Similkameen, and I’m confident the constituents of this riding appreciate a candidate who says what he believes and stands for, who represents voters, and is not subject to party dictates. Popoff has my endorsement and every wish for success in the upcoming provincial election.”
    Thanks Bill!