A B.C. Greens candidate for Richmond South-Centre is facing backlash after tweeting back to a reporter working on a piece about affordable child care.
In his tweet, which has since been deleted, Greg Powell questioned about supporting stay-at-home mothers, adding motherhood was “more than just a race back to the office.”
Powell defended his initial tweet by saying he supported initiatives that gave women more choice.
He added there were better ways to spend $1.5-billion to address childcare challenges.
But some quickly responded saying his view was regressive, adding it was good to know where the B.C. Greens stood ahead of the election.
— Lesli Boldt (@LesliBoldt) March 28, 2017
— Katie Riecken (@katethefj) March 28, 2017
— Meghan (@Gingerwombat) March 28, 2017
@LesliBoldt @gapowellca @BCGreens @bcliberals Not to mention how out of touch this comment is ”
Motherhood is more than a race back to the office”? Seriously? Which decade are we in? pic.twitter.com/ZTyf8x8XfG
— HappytobeHere (@SaucyMcKay) March 28, 2017
Affordable childcare has been a big issue in the upcoming provincial election, NDP leader John Horgan has proposed $10-a-day childcare if elected.
George Powell is now apologizing, saying he used the wrong words.
“I’m very sorry that I caused the storm that I did cause, and I’m sorry that I hurt feelings, it seems that people were hurt by what I said. I meant no disrespect, I absolutely have full respect for the full range of parenting choices that are out there.”
He says his concern is putting too many resources into a model that doesn’t work for everybody.
“There’s a whole range of options that parents should be able to access. If we assume that one policy solution is ongoing to work for everybody then we might have some challenges because not everyone fits into that mold.”
He says he apologizes he hurt people’s feelings, adding he meant no disrespect.