World News – CA – BC Liberal’s Jane Thornthwaite slammed for sexualized comments on NDP’s Bowinn Ma


The comments, shared by a local podcast host on Twitter yesterday, were made on a September 17 virtual roast from former BC Liberal MP Ralph Sultan

BC Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite comes under fire following series of sexualized comments about NDP BC Bowinn Ma

The comments, made during a September 17 virtual roast of former BC Liberal MP Ralph Sultan were recorded on screen and then shared with Vancouver podcast host Mo Amir Amir released the two-minute clip on her Twitter Saturday night and asked the women to share their thoughts

I’m not going to edit this I’d rather hear from women about what they think about this clip I’m sharing because a woman contacted me and asked me to do so (her email below tweet) #bcpoli picTwittercom / AiDwFmBT7F

In the clip – which included BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson – Thornthwaite is heard telling a story about Ma and Sultan’s interactions, which involves naughty behavior between the two

« Bowinn is a very pretty woman, she knows she has it, and she knows how to move Ralph forward, » Thornthwaite says to laughter from the other attendees She then goes on to describe an event where she, Ma and Sultan were « Stuck on the couch together – very, very close to each other – most of the time »

In response, Sultan growled, prompting Thornthwaite to say, « Yeah, Ralph You remember CA We were supposed to network and all that – but Bowinn knows how you She knows how to get you

« Ralph would be sitting on a couch, say, in the middle of the couch and Bowinn would be right next to him, snuggling, cuddling, cuddling, leaning there, and Ralph would be captivated by her, » Thornthwaite said, so that other participants were laughing

Other participants in the call included Abbotsford-West candidate Mike de Jong, West Vancouver-Capilano candidate Karin Kirkpatrick, former Liberal MP Kevin Falcon, Liberal member Jess Ketchum, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky candidate Jordan Sturdy and former Liberal MP Gordie Hogg

Listen, I’m Ralph’s successor I’m pretty sure that automatically makes me the funniest of this whole team. Sign up here to see me pay a ‘tribute’ to Ralph: https: // tco / y56oF8qQgn #ralphroast #bcpoli picTwittercom / XDJs3E7cuW

The Sep 17 event had been promoted as Ralph Sultan’s (virtual) roast and was open for online registration via the BC Liberals website

The reaction to Sunday morning’s comments has been reported, with many calling on Thornthwaite to apologize and others showing up to share their own experiences of sexism in the workplace

« Being a woman in politics is difficult Being a person of color in politics is difficult Being young in politics is difficult If the three of you are, apparently people will be talking about you behind your back like that, » Katya Woloshyn tweeted. I’m not surprised by the BC Liberals, but it’s not good to see « 

Thornthwaite is the incumbent in the North Vancouver-Seymour riding, running against the Greens’ BC Harrison Johnston, the NDP’s Susie Chant and the Libertarian’s Clayton Welwood

“I still collect my thoughts on the video, but it’s shocking and sad to see,” Chant said on Twitter “I don’t want your vote out of spite, I want to win it with my policies, my honesty and my dedication to this constituency « 

My campaign team is made up entirely of women and non-binary people under the age of 22 I’m disgusted that we elected politicians like @jthornthwaite who would make crass and sexualized jokes on people like them @ BowinnMa deserves better , all young women and women deserve better https: // tco / A27p2iwhvk

Johnston tweeted his disgust, noting that his campaign team is made up of women and non-binary people under the age of 22

« I’m disgusted that we elected politicians like @jthornthwaite who would make crass and sexualized jokes on people like them, » she said « @BowinnMa deserves better, all young women and women deserve better « 

Others called on Thornthwaite to step down, calling comments what is seen as the BC Liberal Party’s disconnected approach

It makes me feel so disgusting That she said it, everybody’s sitting there & laughs, & that old-fashioned politics has made things inhospitable to so many people for so long These days are numbered Solidarity with @BowinnMa representing a new way forward @ jthornthwaite is expected to step down https: // tco / n3GeeAO34C

On Sunday morning, Thornthwaite responded to the backlash on Twitter, but refrained from apologizing, only stating that she supported women in politics

« I have immense respect for all the women who walk through glass ceilings I’m one of them Just like Bowinn Ma, » she says

« Ralph Sultan has the same respect and a weakness for his fellow engineer UBC, and I shed some light on it during a roast. I have always supported and will always support more women in politics »

« But you didn’t just ‘shed light’ on this on a roast, you say you ‘told the people’ story later. Apologize, quit and spend some time in work on your internalized misogyny, ”the tweet read

I have immense respect for all the women who grow through glass ceilings I am one of them So is Bowinn Ma Ralph Sultan has the same respect and a soft spot for his fellow engineer at UBC, and I made light of it during a roast I have always supported and will always support more women in politics

Ma did not speak publicly about the issue on Sunday morning The backlash comes days before an Oct 13 Leader Debate

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