Nathan Cullen is reviewing the possibility for a bid in the NDP national leadership race.

Nathan Cullen is reviewing the possibility for a bid in the NDP national leadership race.

Is Nathan Cullen joining the NDP leadership race?

It’s a soft no so far for MP Nathan Cullen on whether he’ll run for the national leadership campaign, but he’ll think about it

It’s a soft no so far for Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen on whether he’ll run for the national NDP leadership campaign, but he’ll think about it.

The NDP convention in Edmonton on April 9-10 was a shocker for some when Thomas Mulcair very publicly lost the confidence from more than 1,800 delegates from the country who showed up.

Mulcair received less than half the vote to remain as leader, and now the two year race to fill his place has begun.

Cullen, who ran for leadership — and came third — after Jack Layton’s passing in 2012, is taking his time to mull it over among family, friends and colleagues.

“I haven’t locked in on something yet. My own feelings, obviously the passion has to burn bright,” Cullen said.

He is, however, very flattered when people do ask if he plans to run. No one else in the party has stepped up to the plate, yet, but expect to hear Cullen’s answer in the not too distant future.

“Anyone taking this on, this is a serious commitment and also a long one. That is a 10 year or more effort. I’m taking it seriously but I hope not to take too long. No external urgency on this, it’s a two year window to hold the race,” Cullen said.

 

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