Barry Penner

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The Honourable
Barry Penner
Attorney General of British Columbia
In office
December 1, 2010 – August 18, 2011
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Michael de Jong
Succeeded by Shirley Bond (interim)
Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation of British Columbia
In office
October 25, 2010 – March 14, 2011
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by George Abbott
Succeeded by Mary Polak
Minister of Environment of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – October 25, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell
Preceded by Bill Barisoff
Succeeded by Murray Coell
Minister responsible for Sustainable Communities & Minister responsible for Water Stewardship of British Columbia
In office
June 16, 2005 – June 23, 2008
Premier Gordon Campbell
MLA for Chilliwack
In office
Preceded by Bob Chisholm
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MLA for Chilliwack-Kent
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by riding dissolved
MLA for Chilliwack-Hope
In office
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Gwen O'Mahony
Personal details
Born (1966-01-06) January 6, 1966 (age 49)
Kitimat, British Columbia[1]
Political party Liberal

Barry Penner, QC is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Chilliwack-Hope. He previously served as Attorney General of British Columbia, Deputy House Leader (2005–2009), and Minister of Environment and Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

Born in Kitimat in 1966, Penner was first elected an MLA in 1996 (the riding of Chilliwack) and was re-elected in 2001 and 2005 (the riding of Chilliwack-Kent)[2] with some of the highest margins of victory in the province. He was re-elected in the 2009 British Columbia general election to represent the reconfigured Chilliwack-Hope constituency with more than 53% of votes cast.[3]

Penner has also served as President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) beginning in June 2002.[4]

Penner has a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby and a law degree from the University of Victoria. He has worked as a park ranger and is known as an advocate for small-hydro, wind power and other alternative energy sources.

In June 2007, Penner announced that he would continue working as a Minister while receiving treatment for leiomyosarcoma, a type of cancer.[5]

In 2008 Barry Penner married Daris LaPointe, on top of a mountain in Manning Park where they both previously worked as Park Rangers years earlier. They have two daughters, Fintry, named after a Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake and Atlin, named after a Provincial Park in northern British Columbia¨.

In August 2011, Barry Penner stepped down as B.C.’s Attorney-General but remained as the MLA for Chilliwack-Hope. On November 24, 2011 he told the Legislature that he would resign in early 2012 as he had accepted a position [6] with the national law firm of Davis LLP. He officially resigned his seat on January 9, 2012.[7]

In May 2014, Barry Penner moved to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with his family to work for a law firm assisting with inbound investment, particularly in telecommunications and energy.[8] However, he returned with his family to British Columbia when his second child was born.[9]

Election results (partial)[edit]

British Columbia general election, 2005: Chilliwack-Kent
Party Candidate Votes % Expenditures
Liberal Barry Penner 11,368 57.14 $77,840
New Democratic Malcolm James 6,534 32.84 $16,280
Green Hans Mulder 1,651 8.30 $1,742
Moderates David Michael Anderson 240 1.21 $120
Youth Coalition Colin Wormworth 103 0.52 $100
Total Valid Votes 19,896 100
Total Rejected Ballots 118 0.59
Turnout 20,014 58.71


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