A Message from Barry Penner
As you may have heard, on Thursday I informed Premier Christy Clark that I would be stepping down from my role as Attorney General and will not be seeking re-election in the next provincial election.
Spending more time at home this summer, and going on short hikes with my young family in recent weeks, has reminded me how much this job takes me away from home. Now that I have a beautiful wife and a baby daughter, being away is a price paid not just by myself, but by those I love the most. And while I certainly have loved doing the work that comes with this job, I believe this is the right decision for me and my family.
It's been a great honour to serve the people in my home town, and beyond, for more than 15 years in elected office, and to receive their votes of confidence in four successive election campaigns. However, to everything there is a season, and I have decided this is the right time to make this change.
I will certainly miss many things about this unique job, but mostly I will miss the many dedicated volunteers who have supported our party over the years, and my hard-working colleagues in the Legislature.
I continue to be a proud member of the BC Liberal family. I want to thank both former Premier Gordon Campbell and Premier Christy Clark for leading the BC Liberal Party and our province, and for giving me an opportunity to lead several challenging ministerial portfolios.
I hope to see you soon - once I'm back from a family camping trip to Manninig Park and Fintry Provincal Park!
Barry Penner, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope