New Democrats meet in Kitimat

Party membership in the northwest sits at close to 1,500, says NDP MP Nathan Cullen

  • Fri Jun 15th, 2012 5:00am
  • News

FEDERAL New Democrats from the northwest meet in Kitimat tomorrow for the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Riding Association’s annual general meeting.

It’ll be the first time northwest New Democrats have had a chance to gather following the third place finish of Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen in the party’s leadership race earlier this year.

Cullen said New Democrats have been able to keep up the momentum arising from the leadership race in which Quebec MP Tom Mulcair was chosen to replace Jack Layton who died last year.

“Our membership grew exponentially across the country and here in the riding during the leadership race and Tom Mulcair is doing a superb job of continuing to advance Jack’s vision for Canada,” said Cullen.

He said the Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP membership now sits at close to 1,500.

Cullen was named House Leader for the NDP, which is the official opposition, in Parliament and played a key role this week in the debates and motions tied to the federal government’s budget bill.

Opposition parties tried to put through 159 amendments, saying the bill also contained major changes to environmental and employment security provisions which required more scrutiny.

All the amendments were defeated because of the Conservative majority in Parliament in a 24-hour long voting session.