Following harsh criticism for "hateful" comments she made about First Nations and French-speaking Canadians in a community blog, a candidate for the B.C. New Democrats in Kelowna-Mission has been forced to resign, NDP Leader Adrian Dix said in a statement Tuesday.
Dayleen Van Ryswyk was quoted saying on the Castanet community forum that Canadians have been "paying out the nose for generations" for First Nations, and that "if their ancestors sold out too cheap it’s not my fault," the B.C. Liberal Party said in a Tuesday news release.
"Earlier today, I was made aware of unacceptable comments made by Kelowna-Mission NDP candidate Dayleen van Ryswyk. I have accepted Ms. Van Ryswyk’s resignation," Dix said in a brief statement.
Check out how Twitter reacted to Van Ryswyk's comments:
Van Ryswyk's views would be pretty uncontroversial in Alberta.Maybe he should run for the Wildrose http://t.co/KwUVZkJZcs h/t @risingaction
"Oops." @bcndp: Statement from BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix on Kelowna-Mission NDP candidate Dayleen van Ryswyk http://t.co/e91mdmLIhL #bcpoli
Jay Watts III
WTF Dayleen van Ryswyk http://t.co/JT3fwTVzLF Also, you've never heard of reparations?
Dayleen Van Ryswyk's comments were to the right of Attila the Hun...welcome to the campaign, folks, where anything can happen #bcpoli
Seems to me Dayleen Van Ryswyk should have been in the Conservative Party considering the topics of her posts. #bcpoli #NDP
Right thing to do: RT @keithbaldrey: Breaking: NDP dumps Kelowna-Mission candidate Dayleen Van Ryswyk for posting racist remarks. #bcpoli
Hear hear! RT @keithbaldrey Breaking: NDP dumps Kelowna-Mission candidate Dayleen Van Ryswyk for posting racist remarks. #bcpoli
Good RT @keithbaldrey: Breaking: NDP dumps Kelowna-Mission candidate Dayleen Van Ryswyk for posting racist remarks. #bcpoli
Van Ryswyk's comments go from attacking natives to government being 'a big black hole that feeds off the working man' http://t.co/4ybV4qmVOg
More from the Canadian Press:
On the forum in 2009, a user named Dayleen wrote in a thread entitled "Strip Them of the Status Card."
“It’s not the status cards, it’s the fact that we have been paying out of the nose for generations for something that isn’t our doing. If their ancestors sold out too cheaply, it’s not my fault and I shouldn’t have to be paying for any mistake or whatever you want to call it from MY hard earned money.”
In another thread on the same forum, the same user identifies herself as Van Ryswyk, a 2011 candidate for Kelowna city council. Her candidacy in that race is noted on her NDP campaign website.
At his first campaign event of the morning, Dix said he didn't know anything about the comments.
"I haven't seen that but obviously we'll take a look at it," he said.
Van Ryswyk could not be reached for comment.
Another one of the posts compares the benefits afforded to aboriginal people with claims other abused groups could be making.
"I don't think anyone is saying that wrongs didn't happen (incredible wrongs). You could have almost any race, group or ethnic people tell you horrible haunting stories of what happened to them. If someone did me wrong, it's my right to sue ... as it is everyone else's.
"Again, how many Jewish, Polish, Russian, Dutch, etc. walked into a gas chamber, were gunned down, raped, tortured and starved to death. . . tell me how many Germans do you know that are handing over a (portion) of their paycheck EVERY month for what happened NOT very long ago. . . "
The Kelowna-Mission riding is held by Forests Minister Steve Thomson, who won the riding handily in 2009.
As Clark began her campaign with a rally in Victoria, she called the election the "most important election in modern history."
"It's a choice that will define our province for another generation."
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Independent MLA John van Dongen's (right) bid for re-election is being challenged by B.C. Liberal Darryl Plecas (left) and NDP candidate Lakhvinder Jhaj (centre).
Independent MLA Bob Simpson (centre) is being challenged by B.C. Liberal Coralee Oakes (left) and NDP candidate Duncan Barnett (left).
Peace River North
B.C. Liberal MLA Pat Pimm (right) is up against NDP contender Judy Fox-McGuire (left) and independent candidate Arthur Hadland (centre).
B.C. Liberals' Transportation Minister Mary Polak (right) is being challenged by Conservative leader John Cummins (far left), NDP candidate Andrew Mercier (centre left), and Green Party nominee Wally Martin (centre right).
B.C. NDP MLA Carole James (right) is being challenged by the province's Green Party leader Jane Sterk (left) and Liberal candidate Karen Bill (not pictured).
Oak Bay-Gordon Head
B.C. Liberal Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong (far left) is being challenged by NDP Jessica van der Veen (far left), Conservative nominee Greg Kazakoff (centre right), and Green party candidate Andrew Weaver (right).
Saanich North and the Islands
B.C. Liberal candidate Stephen Roberts (left) is up against NDP candidate Gary Holman (centre) and Green Party nominee Adam Olsen (right).
Premier Christy Clark (far left) is being challenged by NDP candidate David Eby (centre left), Green Party nominee Francoise Raunet (centre right), Conservative Duane Nickull (far right), independent William Gibbens (not pictured), Work Less Party's Hollis Linschoten (not pictured), and B.C. Libertarian Marisa Palmer (not pictured).
B.C. Liberals Finance Minister Michael de Jong (far right) is being challenged by Green Party's Stephen O'Shea (far left), NDP nominee Sukhi Dhami (centre left), Conservative Paul Redekopp (centre right), and independent candidate Moe Gill (not pictured).