Within hours of voting in favour of a non-confidence motion that brought an end to the Conservative government, Skeena – Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen was already in the airport getting ready to fly back to the riding to begin preparations for the forthcoming election.
Nonetheless, when he spoke to the Prince Rupert Northern View en-route to his flight at the airport, Cullen said the events of the day were certainly still top of mind.
“It is historic. We’ve never seen a vote of non-confidence based on contempt of Parliament. For a government to go down to defeat in this manner is unprecedented, but sad as well that a government would show such contempt for Parliament,” he said.
“It feels strange to see a government fall below the bar set by any other government in Canadian history.”
With his work in Ottawa done once Parliament was adjourned earlier today, Cullen says he will “hit the ground running” tomorrow, putting up signs and knocking on doors. And with Clay Harmon of the Conservatives, Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party, Roger Benham of the Green Party and an unnamed Liberal candidate seeking to represent the riding, the incumbent weighted in on what he sees on the election trail ahead.
“I think this election is going to center around trust on the national level. In the Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding I think it’s going to center on job creation and the environment,” he said.