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Bill Bennett (politician)

Bill Bennett
MLA
MLA for East Kootenay
Assumed office
2001
Preceded by Erda Walsh
Minister of State for Mining
of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – February 7, 2007
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Pat Bell
Succeeded by Kevin Krueger
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts of British Columbia
In office
June 23, 2008 – June 10, 2009
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Stan Hagen
Succeeded by Kevin Krueger
Minister of Community and Rural Development of British Columbia
In office
June 10, 2009 – June 11, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Kevin Krueger
Succeeded by Ben Stewart
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
of British Columbia
In office
June 11, 2010 – October 25, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Blair Lekstrom
Succeeded by Bill Bennett
Minister of Energy of British Columbia
In office
October 25, 2010 – November 17, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Bill Bennett
Succeeded by Protesant
Personal details
Born 1950
Occupation Lawyer and Politician; B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines

William "Bill" Bennett (born 1950) is a Canadian politician. Since 2001, Bennett has represented the riding of East Kootenay in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. He is a member of the British Columbia Liberal Party and was appointed as Minister of Energy and Mines, and Minister Responsible for Core Review on June 10, 2013 by Premier Christy Clark. He previously served as Minister for Community Sport and Cultural Development, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Minister of Community and Rural Development, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and Minister of State for Mining. Bennett has chaired the BC Legislative Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, and chaired the BC Legislative Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides. He has been a member of various legislative committees and government committees, particularly focused on land use and natural resource issues. Before being elected, Bennett was a partner in a law firm in Cranbrook. He also owned and operated fly-in wilderness fishing and hunting lodges in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba.

Background:

In 1976, Bennett earned an honours degree in English from the University of Guelph. In 1992, he received a law degree from Queen's University. He practiced law in Cranbrook, British Columbia for some time before becoming elected an MLA for East Kootenay in 2001.

On June 16, 2005, Bennett was appointed to cabinet as B.C.'s Minister of State for Mining. He resigned from this position on February 6, 2007.

On June 23, 2008, Bennett was re-appointed to cabinet as B.C.'s Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. He was re-elected in May, 2009.

In June 2009, he was appointed as B.C.'s Minister of Community & Rural Development.

In June 2010, he was appointed as B.C.'s Minister of Energy where he served until November 17, 2010.

In June 2013, he was appointed as B.C.'s Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review.

External links

  • Legislative Assembly of BC
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