Social media meltdowns hinder political aspirations in B.C. election


B.C.’s provincial election campaign has claimed four candidates, who learned—duh!—that their offensive tweets and blog posts live forever on the Internet.

NDP candidate Dayleen van Ryswyk bit the dust for ranting against francophones and First Nations people in blog posts from 2008.

Then three Conservative candidates were fired in a week: Ian Tootill for tweeting about Hitler and proclaiming “We men love sluts”; the aptly named Mischa Popoff for tweeting critical comments about single mothers and the Missing Women’s Inquiry; Ron Herbert for calling both Premier Christy Clark and Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin a “bitch” on Twitter.

“You think it’s like speaking to someone in your living room,” Herbert told the Vancouver Sun, “but you don’t realize that there’s a global audience.”

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