A bizarre western-style video by a former B.C. Conservative MLA candidate who says he will not be cowed is now whizzing around the Internet.
Entitled “Mischa Popoff will not be bullied,” the video starts out – no bull – with the dumped Conservative candidate addressing the camera behind a fence, wearing a cowboy hat, with a very friendly bull nuzzling him repeatedly from behind.
“Hey, you ever feel like you’re being bullied?” Popoff intones into an oversized mike as the bull nudges him forward.
“People in Boundary-Similkameen sure feel that way.”
Popoff is one of four Conservative MLA candidates forced off the party slate, along with Jeff Sprague (North Vancouver-Lonsdale), Ian Tootill (Vancouver False Creek), and Ron Herbert (Vancouver-West End)
B.C. Conservative Party Leader John Cummins, heading into a crucial leaders debate Monday night, also dumped the person responsible for vetting potential MLAs — a party volunteer who cleared the four now-dumped candidates.
Popoff apparently stands by controversial comments he made regarding single mothers that managed to get him removed as a Conservative candidate.
“If John Cummins wants to pretend that I’m insensitive of women,” continues Popoff in the video, “just because I said that we should discourage single motherhood and encourage kids to be raised in families, well, he’s got another thing coming.”
Refusing to be cowed, Popoff has chosen to remain on the ballot as an independent.
The B.C. NDP also lost one candidate this campaign, Dayleen Van Ryswyk, in Kelowna-Mission.