NDP candidate Nathan Cullen opens Terrace campaign office

Cullen was first elected to represent the Skeena - Bulkley Valley federal riding in 2004

  • Aug. 20, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Skeena - Bulkley Valley NDP incumbent Nathan Cullen turns another orange into juice at last night's official opening of his Terrace campaign office. The juice represents the 'Orange Crush' description of the NDP's 2011 campaign which resulted in it becoming the Official Opposition.

AN UPBEAT Nathan Cullen officially opened his Terrace NDP federal election campaign office yesterday, saying he wants to finish the work he’s started.

Cullen, first elected as the NDP MP for the Skeena – Bulkley Valley riding in 2004 and again in 2006, 2008 and 2011, said all indications point to B.C. being the place where the ultimate national winner on Oct. 19 will be decided.

“B.C. is going to pick the next government in this country. This time our votes are going to count,” he said.

Cullen also referred to what he called the changing political nature of the northwest, saying there are now “progressive” mayors and municipal councillors in local governments.

“It’s a people trying to live together story,” he added.

Cullen said it’s also time for reconciliation between First Nations and the rest of the country.

“The only way the country moves forward is if we acknowledge the past,” he said.

As much as Cullen’s speech was about party principles, it was also about raising money for the campaign with the candidate noting the spending limit during the election in this riding is now nearly $250,000.

He said the lengthy campaign period this time favours a well-financed party such as the Conservatives.

“The only reason is money,” said Cullen of the election campaign which began the August long weekend.

The candidate closed off his speech by squeezing oranges into juice in return for donations made by those at the opening.

The juice-making was a reference to the NDP’s 2011 election campaign, dubbed the “Orange Crush,” which resulted in the party becoming the Official Opposition.

Cullen was introduced by Glenn Bennett, the Kitselas First Nation’s Director of Treaty Implementation, who thanked Cullen for his efforts as it worked toward its land claims treaty agreement-in-principle.

“It was very frustrating, I can tell you that for a fact,” said Bennett in referring to the two years it took both the provincial and federal governments to ratify the agreement after Kitselas members voted their approval in 2013.

The Kitselas First Nation agreement, along with one for the Kitsumkalum First Nation, was signed by federal and provincial officials earlier this month.

Bennett then presented Cullen with a gift – the Sheaffer pen used by Kitselas First Nations officials to sign its agreement in principle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Nathan Cullen named Parliamentarian of the Year

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP won the top-title Nov. 5

Terrace council gets to work with three appointments

Representatives were chosen during their first meeting Nov. 13

Tahltan First Nation to finally return home after wildfire

Roughly $12 million has been spent making the community livable again after the 1,180-square-kilometre blaze destroyed 21 homes

Donation bin closed after vandalism, theft

Four people arrested in September

Shames Mountain keeps bunny hill free

Co-op wants to make the sport more accessible for beginners

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read