Election debate panelist accuses Conservative candidate of sexist remark
Saunders spoke at a debate in Rivers, for the riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, Friday night.
Published Saturday, October 10, 2015 10:30AM CST
Last Updated Saturday, October 10, 2015 12:29PM CST
A Conservative candidate in southwestern Manitoba has been accused of sexist remark following an election debate.
Kelly Saunders, an associate professor of political science at Brandon University, spoke at a debate in Rivers, for the riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, Thursday night.
At the debate, she challenged Robert Sopuck on Women’s rights and the muzzling of scientists.
But it’s not what happened during the debate that concerns her – it’s what happened after.
"He came up to me and said ‘you're quite a nasty girl, aren't you?’ And I looked at him and I was quite taken aback. I've moderated several all candidates debates over the years … I’ve never had anyone make such a blatantly sexist and insulting comment to me," said Saunders.
“I’m presuming that he did not like some of the questions I was asking him in the context of the debate and felt I was putting him on the hot seat too much.”
Saunders said she was gathering her things and was by herself at the time the comment was made.
CTV requested a comment from Robert Sopuck's office, and has not yet responded to CTV’s request for comment.