Local MP considering run for provincial NDP leadership

  • Jan. 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

After a flood of emails and calls from influential NDP members and many others, Skeena-Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen is thinking about throwing his name in as a provincial NDP leadership candidate. “I’m overwhelmingly in the position I was in before, which was saying thanks, but no thanks, but a lot of people have urged me to do due diligence,” he said to The Observer from his Smithers home. Mr. Cullen, who was holding one of his five-month old twins while his wife Diana was putting down the other, said the appeal is the wide-open race. And he would be coming from outside the current political conversation in BC. “The upside of the tough politics is that this is a renewal moment for the party,” he said. But he has to decide whether the timing is right for him. Not only does he feel a strong commitment to those who voted him into federal office, but he has two very important new members of his family to consider. If he did decide to run, some of his focus would be on democratic reform and getting big money out of politics. Mr. Cullen says he would put the environment and First Nations at the forefront. He’s set himself a deadline of late this week or early next week to decide. He hasn’t spent much time thinking about the logistics of getting a provincial seat yet (his riding is held by NDPer Doug Donaldson), because the more important issue is whether he wants to lead the party. “If you go in you go in to win, you don’t just go in to wave a flag,” he said. He knows all the other NDP leadership contenders and likes them all, but “I wish there were some women in the race,” he said. For the record, Diana is supportive of either option. Isaac and Elliott have not expressed their opinions publicly. The NDP leadership convention is set for April 17. Mr. Cullen is in the riding for the next couple of weeks and will begin yo-yoing back and forth to Parliament at the end of January.

Just Posted

Haida Gwaii seabird conservation highlighted at international congress

Bird Studies Canada’s David Bradley is co-convening a symposium on biosecurity for island species

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Ferry sailing delayed after divers check Northern Adventure

Divers called in to check propeller shaft, sailing to Haida Gwaii now 140 minutes behind

Haida Gwaii fishery staff gear up for marine mammal rescues

Haida fishery guardians and DFO fishery officers better equipped to rescue marine mammals

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

Bear kills off-leash dog in B.C. park

There have been nearly 200 pet or livestock and bear encounters so far this year

Most Read