B.C. Liberal minister Bill Bennett's Internet use is raising eyebrows again. This time, he took to Twitter to call the Opposition NDP "turds."
Bennett, a longtime politician who has been kicked out of cabinet before, tweeted from the B.C. Liberal caucus meeting on Tuesday: "I am with the BCL Caucus tonight. Strange everyone seems to be getting along. Ok. Come on ndp turds. Bring it."
Bennett, who is the minister of community, sport and cultural development, apologized for the name-calling in the B.C. legislature on Wednesday, saying he respects what the B.C. NDP does, according to CBC legislative reporter Stephen Smart.
When asked about it earlier in the day, the outspoken East Kootenay MLA admitted it's not a term he would use "in ordinary discourse."
According to The Globe and Mail, Bennett told reporters: "It was said in jest. It was said tongue in cheek. I don’t know. Has everybody lost their sense of humour or what?"
In 2007, Bennett was forced to step down as minister of state for mining after sending a profanity-laced email to a constituent. In response to someone who wrote to complain about a review of B.C.'s big-game hunting policies, Bennett said he didn't "give a s#*t" about his opinion, and called him a "self-inflated, pompous, American know-it-all."
In 2009, Bennett was accused of running an election ad that offended aboriginal people. In 2010, he called environmental activists trying to protect the Flathead Valley "eco-terrorists" in an email, reported CBC News.
Bennett openly criticized then-party leader Gordon Campbell in 2010, leading to his being booted out of cabinet.
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Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Oh Liz May, Liz May. Your feed is <em>very </em>active and it genuinely sounds like you behind the each tweet. Keep it up. <a href="https://twitter.com/ElizabethMay">@ElizabethMay</a>
Gregor Robertson, Vancouver Mayor
There's obviously a savvy team of twentysomethings manning the Vancouver mayor's social media fronts. But the effort shows and goes a long way. A Mandarin-speaking staffer even set up a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/01/gregor-robertson-weibo-vancouver-mayor_n_2058721.html">Sina Weibo</a> account in November. Full points to his team for their efforts to engage the public. <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorGregor">@MayorGregor</a> Sina Weibo: <a href="http://www.weibo.com/gregorrobertson">@gregorrobertson</a>
Andrea Reimer, Vancouver city councillor
Very Twitter-chatty with where she is, who's she's meeting with, what meetings are underway and what good reads she's enjoyed. <a href="https://twitter.com/andreareimer">@andreareimer</a>
Bill Bennett, MLA, Kootenay East
You're a funny man, Bill Bennett. We like your quips. <a href="https://twitter.com/KootenayBill">@KootenayBill</a>
Dianne Watts, Surrey mayor
Active feed. Active mayor. Nice. <a href="https://twitter.com/MayorWatts">@MayorWatts</a>
Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre
The doctor is in and Hedy Fry's feed has a healthy dose of interaction. She even answers queries if she's read Anna Karenina before the movie made the Russian classic popular. <a href="https://twitter.com/HedyFry">@HedyFry</a>
James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages
This MP's feed has a multicultural mix of RTs, article and video shares and the occasional Conservative party defend-against-criticism tweet. <a href="https://twitter.com/JamesMoore_org">@JamesMoore_org</a>
Jane Sterk, B.C. Green Party leader
Sharing is caring. This is what Jane Sterk does best. <a href="https://twitter.com/janesterk">@janesterk</a>
Richard T Lee, MLA for Burnaby North
So many photos! We like. <a href="https://twitter.com/Richard_T_Lee">@Richard_T_Lee</a>
Christy Clark, B.C. premier
She whips out her BlackBerry to take real-time PPOV (premier's point of view) photos and shares them... because she wants to. High fives go to her staffers for helping with premier-related speech live tweets.The government's fall sitting may be cancelled, but at least (<em>very </em> least) her Twitter feed is active. <a href="https://twitter.com/christyclarkbc">@christyclarkbc</a>