The controversy over Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett's heated email to a tourism operator in his constituency made it to the legislature today. New Democrat MLA Norm Macdonald wanted to know whether Gordon Campbell thought Minister Bennett's conduct was "acceptable" - demanding the premier "stand and speak." This, after the East Kootenay legislator wrote a message describing the operator as having "bigoted" and "ignorant" opinions. But the premier didn't oblige until he was confronted by reporters outside the legislature, telling them the language in Minister Bennett's recent diatribe is "quite a bit different" compared with the one that resulted in his resignation from cabinet two years ago. However, the premier acknowledged, "Look, I wouldn't write emails like that. But I think Bill will be held to account on May 12 by his constituents."
February 9, 2009