Bill Barisoff Won't Seek Re-Election

8/20/2012

Penticton MLA and house speaker Bill Barisoff confirms he won't seek re-election next year.

Barisoff says it is time to pass the torch to the next generation and he looks forward to spending more time with his children and three young grandchildren.

The 63-year-old was a school trustee for 18 years in the Okanagan before winning the Penticton riding for the Liberals in 1996,
serving as revenue minister and minister of water, land and air protection in the Gordon Campbell government.

Barisoff is also the only person in more than four decades to be re-elected as Speaker of the House, but his seven years at that post ends under a cloud after harsh criticism from the auditor general.

The Speaker chairs the committee that oversees MLA salaries and operating expenses of the legislature, but the auditor general found the committee's bookkeeping falls far short of basic financial management practices.   

At the time, Barisoff brushed off calls for his resignation, but he has now joined five other MLAs -- Dave Hayer, Murray Coell, Kash Heed, Kevin Krueger and Harry Bloy -- who have announced this year that they will not run again.

According to the Canada Taxpayers Federation, Barisoff will retire with an annual pension of $90,992.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

Vernon News

  • New!
    Pool Closed Friday - Re-opens for 20th Anniversary
    The pool at Vernon Recreation Centre will be closed all day for repairs on Friday, October 31, and will reopen on Saturday, November 1. All classes and public swim times ... Read More...
  • New!
    Poppy Campaign Underway
    The Royal Canadian Legion's annual Poppy Campaign kicks off today (31st) and runs to November 11th.  Poppies are available by donation at various locations throughout the North Okanagan. Earlier this ... Read More...
  • New!
    Report into Fatal Plane Crash
    A report into an Alberta plane crash that killed a Vernon man and his brother on their way to a wedding says pilot error was the cause.  39-year-old Lee Sorken ... Read More...
  • New!
    Safety tips for Trick-or-Treaters
    City of Vernon Safe Communities Unit wants to remind trick-or-treaters that a few tips can make your Halloween safe as well as spooktacular. Remember: Always trick-or-treat with a friend. Younger ... Read More...
  • New!
    IPE Awards
    The Interior Provincial Exhibition attended the BC Fairs convention in Abbotsford. In the category of Volunteer of the Year, our very own Past President, Shirley Fowler took away the honours.  ... Read More...
 
m>