MP pays first visit to islands after election

  • Mar. 15, 2006 7:00 a.m.

Skeena MP Nathan Cullen was on the islands this week, stopping in most communities.
He said he wanted to reconnect with islanders after the election, and find out what priorities they have for the new parliament.
“I have a desire to become more focused on jobs and training,” Mr. Cullen said, adding “If I take that focus to the Charlottes, and ask what kind of jobs and training could we do?, people have good ideas.” He said the new container port planned for Prince Rupert could bring investment, jobs and training opportunities here, and one question he has is ‘how do the islands access (it)?”
He said the new parliament will likely be different, and he is planning to be more proactive and less reactive to issues.
The MP also said he’s hearing a different approach from his constituents. Last time, they wanted him to work with the Liberal minority government, this time they are concerned that some polices (such as social programs and the environment) need defending from the Conservative government.
Mr. Cullen said he has been hearing frustration with Gwaii Haanas. “”The question is ‘what is the park for and who is it for? Is the benefit meant to be environmental or economic? It is one of the best parks in the world. I am curious how to make it better.”
Mr. Cullen arrived on the islands in Sandspit on Sunday and worked his way north, departing Wednesday from Masset.