Nathan Cullen turns to constituents regarding BC NDP leadership bid

Nathan Cullen is still deciding whether he should run for the B.C. NDP leadership.

Nathan Cullen is still deciding whether he should run for the B.C. NDP leadership.

The Skeena-Bulkey Valley MP stopped in communities in the riding for community open houses in early October, including a recent stop at Cowpuccino’s in Prince Rupert on the evening of Oct. 6, to canvass constituents’ opinion.

“I really wanted to go to supporters and friends and ask them what they thought. We got amazing insight. It was a powerful conversation for me personally,” Cullen said.

The MP said he is giving himself a couple more weeks to make a decision on whether or not to run for the provincial leadership.

“While I’ve enjoyed the conversations, I can’t sit [on making a decision] forever,” Cullen said, adding people in Prince Rupert were split on the idea.

“I was surprised. The room was about half and half,” he said.

British Columbia’s new NDP leader is expected to be voted on in the spring of 2014.

Former British Columbia NDP leader Adrian Dix stepped down from his role in September, following the party’s unexpected defeat in the May provincial election.