Minister of State for Mining Bill Bennett resigned Tuesday over an offensive email he wrote last month. But, when Premier Gordon Campbell was charged with driving drunk in Maui, he didn't resign. He apologized. And that has some wondering why Mr. Bennett couldn't have said he was sorry too - rather than losing his cabinet post. In response to a question posed by Public Eye, Premier Campbell said, "I think that it was clear - and Bill recognized this - that he was acting as a Minister of the Crown (when he sent the email). And he accepted that responsibility. I was on vacation, as I said, at the time (I was charged). And I didn't feel (resigning) was something I had to do. And I said I would give British Columbians a chance to judge that and they did. And I was re-elected in 2005. But I think, clearly, when you're acting as a Minister of the Crown, in your capacity at work, I think you have an obligation to be met." Premier Campbell has named Kamloops-North Thompson legislator Kevin Krueger as Mr. Bennett's replacement.
February 7, 2007