Conservatives drop Mischa Popoff after controversial statements
Mischa Popoff’s campaign manager, Frank Hilliard, has announced that Popoff will continue running as an MLA candidate in the Boundary Similkameen, but this time as an independent.
According to Hilliard, this decision allows Popoff to “tell the truth.”
He went on to say that Popoff did make the controversial statements and he still stands by them.
“The Party called his comments ‘insensitive and disrespectful.’ What they couldn’t say was that they were untrue; single parent families, particularly single mothers, are responsible for a disproportionate amount of juvenile criminal behaviour.”
Popoff was removed as a BC Conservative candidate shortly after he published the controversial statements.
The BC Conservatives issued a press release Thursday with the following statement:
“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.”
Popoff’s statements included criticism of single mothers for having children “without a man by their side,” and for calling the Missing Women Inquiry a “waste of money,” reported the Vancouver Sun.
The Osoyoos resident is known for his book “Is it Organic?” and contributions to the Heartland Institute.