On October 14, former British Columbia Wildlife Federation president Carmen Purdy was re-appointed to the agricultural land commission for a one-year term ending December 1, 2009. The government's board resourcing and development office states Mr. Purdy is also a Nature Trust of BC director, founding president of the Kootenay Wildlife Heritage Fund and past president of the BC Conservation Foundation. But the office - as it often does - missed a detail. According to the Daily Bulletin's Gerry Warner, Mr. Purdy is one of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett's "closest friends and confidates." Commenting on his 2007 resignation as minister of state for mining, Mr. Purdy was quoted by Mr. Warner as saying the East Kootenay legislator, "is the strongest MLA we've ever had. He's a total working machine. He's done more for the hunting community in this province than any previous MLA."
October 30, 2008