Last Tuesday, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Bill Bennett made headlines when an email that referred to environmentalists as "eco fascists" and was sent under his name made its way into the hands of the media. The email also accused Flathead Valley park supporters of using "whatever legal, political, dishonest means they can muster with their American Foundation money to expand their park kingdom." So what does he think of that controversy a week later? Well, in a blog posting yesterday, the minister wrote, "Naturally, the PC forces were all 'outraged' as they often are with me. I appreciate all of you tax-paying, voting British Columbians who, as you always do, rallied to my defense." That being said, though, the Kootenay East MLA reiterated the email was a "rough draft" that he didn't send personally. Nevertheless, the minister reminded readers he took responsibility for it, acknowledging the draft referred to environmentalists in a "very derogatory way."
July 21, 2010