I've called BC Liberal cabinet minister Bill Bennett a bonehead before - and now he just had to go out and prove it again!
Bennett flamed out in an email with obscene language not to an NDP symp or union supporter but - bonehead play - to the president of the Fernie Rod & Gun Club!
And that misanthropic missive cost Bennett a cool $25,000 a year - the money he was collecting for being a junior Minister of State - in other words, Minister with Letterhead and not much more.
Obviously Bennett's exalted position got to his head because how else can you explain using language unfit for a daily newspaper to belittle someone who dared criticize Bennett.
In his email to Maarten Hart, Bennett wrote that: "It is my understanding that you are an American, so I don't give a shit what your opinion is on Canada or Canadian residents."
"As someone who has spent the past six years working my ass off for my constituents, I am not about to take that kind of bullshit from someone who, for all I know, is up here as an American spy who is actually interested in helping the US create a park in the Flathead," Bennett continued.
"I will continue to work for hunters and anglers in the East Kootenay as I always have and you will continue to be a self-inflated, pompous, American know-it-all.
Have a nice day.
Bennett - obviously no relation to former Social Credit Premier Bill Bennett - is prone to gaffes.
In October of last year he accused the BC NDP of planning a campaign of "dirty tricks" against Premier Gordon Campbell's Conversation on Health and that they would be advised by "American strategists" who might be "Democrats or Republicans".
Bennett told Province reporter Ian Bailey that he had learned some New Democrats had been to Washington, D.C. for seminars, "where they were trying to teach people about how to practise politics in a more effective and negative way."
Of course, Bennett didn't realize that Premier Campbell's chief of staff Martyn Brown had been doing the same thing - attending seminars in Washington on political strategy and tactics.
Ironically, just a few days after the first Healthcare Conversation it's not the NDP who pull a dirty trick on the Premier but his own minister, Bill "Bonehead" Bennett!