VICTORIA – Bill Bennett, British Columbia’s minister of state for mining, has quit his cabinet post over a controversial e-mail he sent to the head of a local hunters’ club.
The president of the club, Maarten Hart, wrote to complain about proposed changes to the government’s big game allocation process, saying the changes would favour guides and outfitters over resident hunters. Bennett’s reply reportedly described Hart as “dumb” and “an American spy”.
When interviewed last week by Sun Media, Bennett said, “I not only think [my e-mail] was inappropriate, it was stupid on my part. I have offered my resignation to the premier. And he has accepted it.”