With just two votes separating provincial Liberal Delta South candidate Wally Oppal and his independent opponent Vicki Huntington, there's a chance the attorney general might not be returning to the legislature once the absentee votes are counted. So, if that happens, who's going to replace him as the province's top lawyer? Well, assuming Premier Gordon Campbell wants to appoint a lawyer, he has three options in caucus: Bill Bennett, Mike de Jong and Barry Penner. But Mr. Bennett's off-message election campaign rules him out. And it's likely the premier will want Mr. de Jong to remain house leader. Which means Mr. Penner could be the next attorney general.
May 14, 2009