04/24/2013 07:31 EDT | Updated 06/24/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C. Conservatives fire candidate over Twitter remarks

The B.C. Conservatives have fired their Vancouver-False-Creek candidate in the upcoming election over comments he made on social media.

In January, Ian Tootill wrote on his Twitter account: "Call me simplistic but I agree with Ron Paul. Drugs should be legalized. All drugs, not just pot. No slope then."

And last October, Tootill asked: "Who’s really to blame? Hitler or the people who acted on his words?"

In 2011, he replied to another Twitter user: " ... We men love sluts ..."

On Wednesday afternoon, B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins said Tootill’s comments were "completed unacceptable."

"We are a party that believes in a respectful airing of views. Mr. Tootill's statements are unacceptable and downright shameful. He has been fired as a candidate," Cummins said in a statement.

Minutes later, Tootill wrote on his Twitter account: "In heat of an election campaign it's difficult 4 subtleties 2 be discussed. I do not agree with BCCP decision but I accept it."

Tootill is the third candidate to be removed as an official party candidate for MLA in the leadup to the May 14 provincial election.

Earlier this week, North Vancouver-Lonsdale Conservative candidate Jeff Sprague stepped down after allegedly driving while impaired.

And last week, the B.C. NDP dropped Kelowna-Mission candidate Dayleen Van Ryswyk on the first day of the provincial election campaign over controversial comments made on a local media website.