Nathan Cullen

Video and story: Cullen confirms he won’t seek NDP party leadership

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen announced his decision to not run for the federal party's leadership early Friday morning.

The next federal NDP leader won’t come from the Skeena riding.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen announced his decision to not run for the federal party’s leadership early Friday morning.

Cullen, who was widely expected to be a favourite should he decide to run for the nomination, finished third after running against most recent NDP leader Tom Mulcair in 2012.

The MP cited his family, the timing and where the party is at in its search for identity as reasons for his decision.

“I’ve always been kind of leaning away from this thing, timing being a big part of it,” said Cullen during a recent conference call.

“[I’m considering] where my kids are at right now, having to wrestle representing Skeena, as well as rebuilding the party and just trying to figure out what the party needs most right now and I think that is a rebuild process right from the ground up. So that just takes a huge commitment, and that’s what [had given me] pause rather than just jumping in right away.”

NDP party members rejected Mulcair as leader at a party convention last month and a new one will be named in 2017.

Cullen did not rule out a future run for the party’s leadership.

The MP is now working in Ottawa on a ‘Skeena Model’ approach to electoral reform, which has recently been supported by the governing Liberal party to create a committee as an approach to collaborative voting reform.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 is raining on the parade

Fireworks fizzled out as PRSES cancels major summer attractions and events

Prince Rupert doctor amends social media statement on COVID-19

College of Physicians said information must not be disclosed

Volunteer closures devastating to bottom line

P.R. fishing charters banding together to deter out of province tourists amidst COVID-19

Landlords are panicked

Risk is real for April rent and greater challenges are foreshadowed for May

UPDATE: First presumptive case of COVID-19 in Prince Rupert

Doctor says it was a visitor, Northern Health won’t confirm

B.C., Alberta health ministers urge public to stay home Easter weekend

Regional politicians, online petition calling for closure of provincial border to non-essential traffic

Canadian businesses urged to complete survey on COVID-19 impacts

Chamber and Statistic Canada trying to understand what businesses are going through

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C. First Nations Health Authority launches virtual doctor program

Program to provide primary health care through COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

VIDEO: B.C. singer creates frontline workers tribute song

Cambree Lovesy’s song saluting those battling COVID-19 draws interest online

Statistics Canada report looks at COVID-19’s impact on violence in the family

Police across Canada reported almost 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence in 2018

Most Read