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REPORTING · 14th July 2010
Merv Ritchie
BC’s minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources, Bill Bennett, has once again opened his foul red necked mouth in text and live. He was forced to resign three years ago after attacking a constituent who disagreed with his Liberal position.

He wrote to Maarten Hart, the president of the Fernie Rod & Gun club on January 29, 2007, stating “It is my understanding that you are an American, so I don’t give a shit what your opinion is on Canada…” and later adding “…I am not about to take that kind of bullshit from someone who, for all I know, is up here as an American spy who is actually interested in helping the US create a park in the Flathead.”

He concludes his letter with “I will continue to work for hunters and anglers in the East Kootenay as I always have and you will continue to be a self inflated, pompous, American know-it-all, have a nice day. Bill Bennett.” Article HERE

In 2009 during the provincial election, an add displayed a picture of his Anglo-Saxon/white family with a tagline that appeared to attack his opponents first nations heritage stating “You want someone who pay taxes and is concerned with how the money is being spent.” and referring to Bill Bennett, “He’s one of us”. Article HERE

On January 16th Steve Kuijt, a tourism operator, wrote complaining about Minister Bennett’s promotion of coal bed methane development at a Fernie Chamber of Commerce function where he was featured to speak on tourism. Bennett responded with a lengthy email describing Kuijt as “bigoted”, “ignorant”, “viscous”, “short-sighted” and “mean-spirited”. Article HERE.

Yesterday Bennett claimed an email he sent out stating that those environmentalists and community members wishing to protect the flathead were “eco-fascists” was not sent out by him, but by a new and junior employee, even though it came from his own personal email. Article HERE.

It remains to be seen if anyone in British Columbia will believe Minister Bennett’s claim and if he fires a likely innocent party.