MP open to joining with Liberals

The Canadian federal election is three months away, but it’s not too early to talk strategy for MP Nathan Cullen

The Canadian federal election is three months away, but it’s not too early to talk strategy for Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

Last week, the MP offered his take on a hypothetical outcome of the election whereby the Conservative Party of Canada won more seats than Cullen’s NDP party or the Liberal Party of Canada in a minority government.

Should that occur, Cullen would like to see a coalition government formed by the NDP and Liberals.

“We’re willing to work with other parties (as the NDP has done in the past) to get good things done for our country,” wrote Cullen in a Facebook post.

“And getting rid of [current Prime Minister] Mr. [Stephen] Harper tops the list.”

In an interview with the Georgia Straight last week, Cullen recalled the NDP’s efforts in recent elections to try and form a coalition government, whether succeeding or not.

“We’ve walked the walk, so Canadians can trust us when we say we’re willing to do whatever it takes to see the end of Mr. Harper,” he said.

Cullen, a 10-year MP and official opposition critic for finance, has been cited as one of the party’s top political staffers in the NDP.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, however, told the Canadian Press shortly after Cullen’s comments that his party forming a formal coalition with the NDP would be “out of the question”.


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