Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen (Black Press file photo)

Cullen remains uncertain about political future

Says he’ll make decision in early March

Skeena – Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen remains uncertain as to whether he’ll seek his party’s nomination to be its candidate in the riding for this fall’s election.

Speaking today, Cullen said he’ll be making his mind up in early March which is eight months before the election and the usual time he’d begin assembling his campaign team.

“That’s the cut-off point,” said Cullen. “And if not, I’ll be making space for someone else.”

First elected in 2004 and now one of the more veteran and prominent members of the NDP caucus in Ottawa, Cullen said his decision will come after conferring with friends and his family.

READ MORE: MP Cullen undecided about running again

He said he was also asked by the party to not disclose his decision until after three byelections are held Feb. 25 so as to not be a distraction.

Party leader Jagmeet Singh is running in one of the byelections in the riding of Burnaby South.

Cullen declined to speculate on the outcome should Singh lose his bid for a seat in the House of Commons, saying Singh’s campaign is going very well.

Although Cullen’s name has surfaced as a possible party leadership contender should Singh lose in Burnaby South, he’s consistently said he’s not interested.

READ MORE: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh votes in advance byelection

Although the New Democratic Party may have asked Cullen to hold off until the three byelections are over, that doesn’t seem to be the case for other MPs.

Two NDP MPs announced just today they are leaving — Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet representing the Hochelaga riding said she won’t be seeking a third term and Anne Minh-Thu Quach, who represents the riding of Salaberry—Suroît, also said she won’t be seeking a third term.

They join a lengthy list of NDP MPs who previously said they would not be seeking re-election this fall.

Just Posted

Climate change, economy and reconciliation take centre stage at Oct. 15 All-Candidates Forum

Six of the eight candidates were in attendance at the Smithers event

Slow down for students: School zone speeds now in effect

RCMP will be making sure drivers keep it at 30 km/h or less, with heavy fines for breaking the law

Queen Charlotte fire hall is a go

Start of construction marked with groundbreaking ceremony

NCRD Board turns attention to Haida Gwaii

Fishing concerns, recreation commission, and Sandspit festival all receive focus

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations court battle against RioTinto Alcan to start next week

Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations are taking Rio Tinto Alcan to court over their functioning of the Kenney Dam that affects the Nechako River

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

Most Read