Warning: the video below may disturb some viewers.
There's a growing chorus of online criticism against a B.C. Liberal incumbent for comments she made about an NDP candidate seeking reelection.
Jane Thornthwaite has held North Vancouver–Seymour for the B.C. Liberals since 2009.
In the video below, she purports that Bowinn Ma, the NDP incumbent in North Vancouver–Lonsdale, ingratiated herself to octogenarian former B.C. Liberal MLA Ralph Sultan by sitting very close to him on a couch.
It came during a "virtual roast" of Sultan, who recently retired from politics after sititng in the B.C. legislature for 20 years.
Ma, 35, was the youngest MLA in the legislature when it was dissolved at the start of the current election campaign.
Several B.C. Liberals, including the party leader, Andrew Wilkinson, do not interrupt Thornthwaite as she tells this story. Some find the tale to be amusing.
The video was disseminated by Mo Amir, a vocal supporter of Ma on social media.
It was released three days before a televised leaders' debate that will pit Wilkinson against B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau and NDP Leader John Horgan.
Thornthwaite's B.C. Green opponent in North Vancouver–Seymour, Harrison Johnston, is among those who've expressed disgust over Twitter.
Furstenau has described the video as "appalling".
Here are some of the other reactions over Twitter.