Candidates ready to roll

  • Sep. 10, 2008 12:00 p.m.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a federal election for Oct. 14, and all the major parties have candidates in place in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding.. Current MP Nathan Cullen, first elected in 2004 and again in 2006, will be running for the NDP. Mr. Cullen lives in Smithers.. His main rival is likely to be Conservative candidate Sharon Smith, the mayor of Houston.. The Liberals have selected Corrina Morhart of Prince Rupert as their candidate.. Rod Taylor will be running again for the Christian Heritage Party.. The Green Party candidate is Hondo Arendt, a Northwest Community College professor from Prince Rupert, who ran for the Green Party in the last provincial election. In 2006, Mr. Cullen won the election by a wide margin, capturing 48 percent of the vote, compared to 33 percent for Conservative Mike Scott. Skeena-Bulkley Valley is one of the largest ridings in Canada, stretching from Haida Gwaii to the edge of Prince George, and north to the Yukon border.