Nathan Cullen wins Skeena for third time

  • Oct. 15, 2008 11:00 a.m.

Nathan Cullen has been elected Member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley for the third consecutive time.The incumbent NDP MP won 49.74 percent of the popular vote, with 16,978 votes in the federal election Tuesday.His closest rival, Sharon Smith for the Conservatives, had 36.50 percent of the vote, with 12,458. Liberal Corinna Morhart was third at 1,895, followed by the Green Party’s Hondo Arendt at 1,606.Rod Taylor (Canadian Heritage Party) was in fifth place with 1,090 votes, followed by Mary-Etta Goodacre (CAP) at 108 votes.Mr. Cullen has been MP for the riding since 2004, when he defeated Conservative MP Andy Burton. In 2006, he beat Mike Scott, also a Conservative candidate. Mr. Cullen is a facilitator by profession and lives in Smithers. He has served on the parliamentary Bill C-30 committee, (the bill dealing with the Environmental Protection Act) and on the sustainable development committee. He can be contacted at www.nathancullen.caWe’ll have a community by community breakdown on the islands in the Observer October 23.