Bennett is Liberal again

The liberal party of B.C. has told Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett that he can come back into the Party after being removed from caucus in November 2010.

  • Apr. 10, 2011 2:00 p.m.

The liberal party of B.C. has told Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett that he can come back into the Party after being removed from caucus in November 2010.

Bennett called The Free Press on Tuesday evening and said he had had a meeting that day with the Liberal party and had been told he was welcome back.

“I am really grateful for the support I have received from my constituents over the last few months,” he said. “Every day I get calls from them offering me their support, but getting back into caucus helps me meet the expectations of my constituents, so I am really pleased.

“I think it is a good thing for me personally, and for the Kootenay East.”

When Premier Christy Clark was sworn in as B.C.’s new Premier on March 14, Bennett was not included in her new caucus, but at the time he said he was confident he would eventually be back in government.

“I hope there will be a role for me in cabinet, but I think it would be in the future after an election,” he told The Free Press last month. “Having a cabinet without somebody from the Kootenays there would be difficult, but the decision of the cabinet is always up to the Premier.”

Bennett has been an Independent MLA since being removed from the Liberal caucus in November 2010.