So, in news that has surprised precisely nobody, Since Barry Penner’s departure, his former colleagues are leaving Government life in droves to follow in his footsteps and join the ranks of the Former Liberal Cabinet Members (you should hear their new single… a real toe tapper). It sure was nice of them to space it all out so that it wasn’t totally obvious that’s what they were doing at least.┬áKevin Falcon today, and apparently another trio tomorrow, including Barry’s Chilli-buddy John Les. Just make sure you remember who started it all.

 

Oh John Les… you won’t be missed.

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It’s Choose the New Barry Penner Day in Chilliwack-Hope! ┬áPersonally, I’m expecting Barry Penner to win re-election thanks to a spontaneous write-in effort. That’s possible, right?



So here it is… Barry Penner’s last act as MLA Barry Penner: Sending in his official resignation with the help of his Petite Penner Protege.

It is telling that nobody has yet stepped up to wave the Liberal banner in Chilliwack-Hope.  Those are some The Environment-sized shoes to fill.

Thanks for everything, Barry. It’s been a lot of fun.

(…and I love that your office is decorated with pictures of yourself. It seems appropriate.)

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Well, I guess I should have seen this coming. Barry Penner isn’t exactly one for half measures. Why just step down from cabinet with a promise to not run in the next election, when you can do all that, then get a new job at an impressive and prestigious (well, I assume) Vancouver firm a few years ahead of schedule? Best of both worlds, some would say. In fact, if you look closely at that press release, Private Citizen Penner is going to be in charge of their environmental and renewable energy practice in BC. So, once again Barry Penner proves that no matter how hard you try, you can’t keep Barry Penner away from his true love, The Environment. I now understand why El Gordo quit all that time ago. It wasn’t due to HST backlash or anything silly like that. It was due to shame at ruining the best Minister/Portfolio matchup since John Les was appointed Minister of Looking Kinda Sleazy.

Well, Barry Penner, the public still has you for the rest of the year, so don’t sit back yet! I’m sure you have at least one more great photo-op in you, right? Just something for us to remember you by?

Oh well, if the recent history of Chilliwack representatives holds, MLA Fintry Penner should be sworn in shortly.

 

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Barry Penner seems to be taking this whole ‘retirement’ thing a little too seriously. Look Barry, just because you are retiring from public life doesn’t mean you need to be moving in to a retirement community. You’re still young!

Of course, John Les is just tagging along as usual.

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