Meet Bill Bennet

Bill Bennett is, before anything else, a “constituency MLA”. He entered politics for the right reasons, to serve his constituents. He is passionate, strong, honest and a tireless worker. You always know where Bill Bennett stands and he is not afraid to show leadership on issues that others shy away from. Bill was born and raised in a small town and has focused his 8 years as an MLA on rural issues. He owned his own tourism businesses, earned a law degree when he was 42 and is a community leader in his beloved city of Cranbrook. Bill loves to spend time with his wife Beth and his two sons, fishing, camping, hiking, snowboarding and hunting. FJ Hurtak, a local well-known outdoors writer, maintains that Bill Bennett embodies the spirit of Kootenay people, hence his nickname “Kootenay Bill”.  These days, strong leadership for our economy, our families and our communities is needed.  Bill is a great health writer, On Aug 22nd he wrote an article about inducing women period, on September he wrote on men’s issues

On May 12th, re-elect Bill Bennett and keep the strong leadership you deserve.

Since 2001, Bill has accomplished a great deal, including:


  • $1.6 million in Sparwood for a beautiful new Visitor Information Centre to welcome visitors coming into BC from the rest of Canada and the world
  • $4.5 million for the Canadian Rockies International Airport Expansion
  • $180,000 to ensure that Delta Airlines started service in 2008


  • Over $33 million to expand the East Kootenay Regional Hospital – finally a true regional hospital for the East Kootenay!
  • 67 new doctors, 29 or which are specialists, for the East Kootenay since 2001, including 4 in Sparwood
  • Improvements to the Elk Valley Community Hospital in Fernie
  • New services at the Sparwood Clinic
  • 9 consecutive annual budget increases for health funding

Seniors’ Care

  • Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie – a state of the art complex for seniors
  • Joseph Creek Village in Cranbrook – a campus of care
  • Assisted living units for Cranbrook & the Elk Valley – first ever
  • Secured the Tom Uphill Home for the citizens of Fernie for $10 and secured $1.7 million to renovate it for affordable seniors’ housing
  • Improvements to Lilac Terrace in Sparwood

Women, Children & Housing

  • $6 million for transition housing for women and children fleeing abuse
  • Help for the women and children of Bountiful
  • Affordable housing units in Cranbrook and Fernie


  • Cranbrook West Rec Management Plan and Southern Rocky Mountain Management Plan
  • Fully funded provincial eco system restoration program
  • Hundreds of thousands of dollars into ER Restoration and noxious weeds control
  • East Kootenay Angling Management Plan
  • Private Member’s Bill, “The Heritage Right to Hunt and Fish”
  • Strong stand on protecting the Flathead Valley without the need for a federal park


  • Helped secure over $15 million for expansion of the College of the Rockies campus
  • Was instrumental in securing a new high school for Sparwood – $15 million
  • Is working with School District #5, the local PAC and parents towards replacement of Mount Baker High School
  • Highest K – 12 funding in BC history

Highway Improvements

  • $3.5 million to fix the deadly curve at Steamboat Hill
  • $7 million to complete the second phase of Moyie Bluffs
  • Michelle and Hosmer Bridges upgrades ($7 million)
  • Replacement of Loop bridge on Highway 3
  • Highway 3 realignment through Cranbrook

Arts, Culture and Heritage

  • Multiple grants for arts groups throughout the Riding, including the Kootenay Symphony, the Canadian Museum of Railway Travel, the Fernie Arts Council and the Cranbrook Arts Council
  • Three year sustaining budget for Fort Steele

Municipal Infrastructure

  • $6 million project in Fernie for clean drinking water
  • Millions for water and sewer projects in Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford
  • New ambulance station for Elkford
  • Improvements to Sparwood and Fernie arenas
  • Moir Park in Cranbrook
  • College of the Rockies Track in Cranbook
  • Secured heritage court house for citizens of Fernie
  • Spirit Square in Cranbrook