NDP candidate resigns over 'disgraceful' comments about aboriginals
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:12PM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:19PM PDT
VANCOUVER -- The B.C. election got off to an ugly start Tuesday when an NDP candidate was forced to quit over "racist" statements about aboriginals.
New Democratic leader Adrian Dix accepted the resignation of Kelowna-Mission candidate Dayleen Van Ryswyk, saying she made unacceptable comments in Internet postings involving the compensation for First Nations.
On the 2009 forum, 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."
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 BC Liberals issued a statement Tuesday describing the remarks as "disgraceful and racist."
After accepting Van Ryswyk's resignation, Dix said a new NDP candidate for Kelowna-Mission will be announced soon.
The riding is held by Forests Minister Steve Thomson, who won handily in 2009.
The resignation happened soon after Premier Christy Clark went to visit the lieutenant governor to ask for the current government to end and the election campaign to begin.
Clark launched her campaign with a rally in Victoria, calling the vote the "most important election in modern history."
She said voters have a choice between controlling spending and lowering debt or higher taxes and bigger debt and government.