Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, seen here at Williams Lake Indian Band’s Coyote Rock last summer, will not be running in the October 2021 election. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Barnett will not run in 2021 B.C. election

Barnett was first elected MLA in 2009 and has held the post since

Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett will not be running in the 2021 provincial election.

Barnett issued a statement through the BC Liberals Thursday evening thanking family, friends, constituents, colleagues and many volunteers for supporting her since she first ran for MLA.

“Serving as the MLA for the Cariboo-Chilcotin has been both an honour and privilege,” she said in the statement. “I have enjoyed working with and for the wonderful constituents whom I serve.”

Sharing Barnett’s statement on his Facebook, Cariboo Regional District Area D director Steve Forseth noted he wanted to publicly thank her for dedicated public service.

“It should be equally noted, she was equally as dedicated as the mayor of 100 Mile House,” Forseth added.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said he his a little saddened by the news.

“I don’t believe we have had a better supporter and advocate for constituents in this riding,” he said. “She will be hard to replace and thoroughly missed.”

Cobb said Barnett is always there for anyone who needs help, regardless of party lines.

“It will be a great loss,” he added.

Forseth echoed Cobb noting Barnett has delivered many times for the people in the region.

“Through thick and thin, whether it was the Mount Polley incident in August 2014 or the 2017 and 2018 wildfires or delivering grants to both Williams Lake and or 100 Mile House or the rural areas for many desired and needed infrastructure projects – she has stood by and up for her consituents.”

Forseth confirmed he is not considering being a candidate for the BC Liberal Party in the next election as he has many projects within his own area in the CRD that he hopes to continue working on.

Barnett ran for the Social Credit government in 1991, and then for the Liberals in 2009, winning that election and the subsequent two elections.

She said she will continue serving the region until the next election.

“Remember, my door is always open,” she added.

news@wltribune. com

BC politics

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Peewee Tier 2 Timberwolves heading for provincials

After two tough back to back games against Prince George, Williams Lake came out on top

Scout Island offering Spring Break classes for lakecity children

Running from March 17 to 19 this class is designed for students from Grades 1 through 6

Williams Lake Garden Club ready for a new year of opportunity

The Williams Lake Garden Club is ready to plant the seeds for another successful season

Preparing for climate change focus of upcoming workshop in Williams Lake

NStQ communities, licensees, local governments and interested people invited to share ideas

Peace region caribou agreement to help shape frameworks for rest of B.C.: forests minister

Partnership example of people coming to the table with respectful dialogue, Doug Donaldson said

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

Most Read