World News – CA – Video revealed by British Columbia Liberals insulting NDP Bowinn Ma shows sexism, observers say


Tessa vikander
Journalist, CTVNewsVancouverCalifornia


Screenshot of the BC Liberal Zoom meeting, video of which was posted to Twitter on Saturday October 10, 2020

Leaked video of British Columbia Liberals’ Zoom Online event condemned for sexism and misogyny

The video, posted to Twitter by a Vancouver podcast host on Saturday evening, shows British Columbia Liberal candidate Jane Thornthwaite insulting BC NDP candidate Bowinn Ma, who is running for North Vancouver-Lonsdale

In the video, North Vancouver-Seymour candidate Thornthwaite attempts to ‘roast’ Ralph Sultan, another Liberal candidate from British Columbia, for what she claims is his attraction to Ma

Ma, Thornthwaite and Sultan are all former MPs and worked in the Legislature at the same time They are all seeking re-election

« Bowinn is a very pretty woman (sic), and she knows she has ‘that’, and she knows how to move Ralph forward »

Thornthwaite says Ma and Sultan were at a community event together and ridicules Ma’s behavior towards Sultan

« Bowinn Ma and Ralph were both stuck on the couch together, very, very close to each other most of the time… But Bowinn knows how to catch you (Ralph)… Bowinn would be right next to him, hugs , (a) neckline there « 

Eight other Liberal Party members are also on the roll, including Leader Andrew Wilkinson, and many of them are laughing.In the leaked video clip, no Liberal Party speaks out against Thornthwaite’s comments

The video drew a quick response from BC voters, political observers and politicians, including former Vancouver City Councilor Andrea Reimer, who said the comments made in the video are an example of why the young women are discouraged from entering politics

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

For anyone who’s ever wondered why women don’t run for office, this video is all you need to understand it A disclaimer: it’s disgusting & hard to watch It’s a good reminder to be a woman doesn’t make you a feminist and being called a leader doesn’t mean you run / 1 https: // tco / tSQ8KwaNHa

Joe Tong, professor of education at the University of BC said the attack on Ma, who is a young woman of color, will be painful for other young people of color

Who is affected by @ jthornthwaite’s comments on @BowinnMa?
& children young BIPOC witnesses of politicians benefiting from Whiteness attacking a WOC MP for doing his job better than anyone & having « IT »
Continue to inspire kids to call it Challenge & Dismantle This

It is dreadful
If women aren’t warm in the workplace we get blasted as rude If we’re friendly we get this @BowinnMa is incredibly professional and her ability to forge friendships across parties makes the legislature better. apologies https: // tco / xhwCxWJ6mS

Thornthwaite responded via Twitter on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after the video was posted.She said she had « immense respect » for all women in politics, but did not apologize for her comments to Ma

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 the light during a roast I have always supported and will always support more women in politics

CTV News Vancouver has reached out to Ma and Thornthwaite for interviews and will update this story when they respond

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Bowinn Ma, New Democratic Party of British Columbia, Jane Thornthwaite, Ralph Sultan, Liberal Party of Canada, Andrew Wilkinson, Member of the Legislative Assembly

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