04/26/2013 01:36 EDT | Updated 04/26/2013 09:36 EDT

Mischa Popoff, BC Conservative Candidate, Dumped Over 'Single Mothers' Comments

B.C. Conservatives

The B.C. Conservative Party has lost its third candidate in one week, this time over comments made about women and single mothers in a newspaper column.

Mischa Popoff, the B.C. Conservative candidate in Boundary-Similkameen, was dropped late Thursday night over comments that were "insensitive and disrespectful" to women and single mothers, the party said in a news release.

Earlier Thursday, it emerged that Popoff had refused to apologize for a newspaper column in which he criticized single moms for having kids "without a man by their side" and called the Missing Women Inquiry a "waste of time," The Vancouver Sun reported.

The announcement came just one day after Ian Tootill was dumped as the Conservative candidate in Vancouver-False Creek after he questioned whether Hitler was to blame for the rise of Nazism.

Earlier, North Vancouver-Lonsdale candidate Jeff Sprague stepped down over what was called an "unfortunate personal incident."

FULL TEXT OF THE B.C. Conservative news release:

April 25, 2013 - The BC Conservatives released the following statement today regarding comments made by Mischa Popoff:

"Mr. Popoff's various comments were insensitive and disrespectful, particularly to women and single mothers who are, in fact, heroes to their children and their communities in many cases. We are a party that believes in a respectful airing of views. Mr. Popoff's statements were unacceptable and he has been removed as a candidate."

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