City of North Vancouver mayor Linda Buchanan voices her support for West Van colleague, Mary-Ann Booth

It came in the wake of a death threat written on a sign announcing a rezoning application

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      Many women in politics regularly have to cope with hate and misogyny from some of their constituents.

      It's been an issue on Parliament Hill and in provincial politics in B.C.

      Last month, the BBC program Newsnight reported that the far right also disproportionately targets female politicians in Europe with threatening content. 

      Working with a think tank that investigates online extremism—the Institute of Strategic Dialogue—the BBC show noted that a "significant proportion of it takes the form of misogynistic and anti-female vitriol".

      Among those who have been singled out is Katharina Schulze, leader of the Greens in Bavaria.

      She was mentioned in almost 10 times as many posts as any other German political figure or party over a one-year period.

      The recently reported death threat against first-term West Vancouver mayor Mary-Ann Booth, therefore, fits a pattern that women in politics have been experiencing on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

      And yesterday, City of North Vancouver mayor Linda Buchanan condemned the attempt to intimidate Booth and West Vancouver council as a whole.

      "Attacks of this kind are unacceptable, they are criminal, and I support the efforts of police agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice," Buchanan declared on Facebook.

      "I’ve watched the tone and discourse in West Vancouver shift from constructive to highly toxic over the last 10 months," the City of North Vancouver mayor continued. "Disagreements about the direction that Mayor Booth is leading West Vancouver, particularly conversations on social media, have become highly aggressive and personal.

      "Those who are behind these attacks need to recognize and take responsibility for the fact they create an environment in which these crimes are possible and, in the view of some, acceptable."

      Then Buchanan stated unequivocally that this "totally unacceptable".

      "Unfortunately we have seen this before in Maple Ridge where personal attacks and threats of violence played a large role in former Mayor Nicole Read's decision not to seek a second term," Buchanan pointed out. "I am not prepared to stand by and let this kind of politics undermine our democracy—nor am I willing to see a situation in which a second woman leader, or any leader for that matter, is targeted."

      Like Booth, Buchanan was elected mayor for the first time in 2018. Buchanan is also vice chair of the Metro Vancouver board of directors.

      Meanwhile, West Vancouver councillor Craig Cameron has revealed over Twitter that 24 hours later, he's "still furious" over the threat.

      You can read his recent tweets below.