Cullen Says Serving as MP is not an easy job -- but still a great honour

John Crawford
06/06/2019

"A rare privilege and a great honour" -- that's how Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen described his 15 years in the House of Commons, as he delivered an emotional farewell speech Wednesday night.

Cullen will be retiring from politics this October, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. 

He told the house that being an MP is not always an easy job, "because this can be a brutal place, this can be hard on families, it can be hard on relationships, it can be hard on us as individuals -- we don't often talk about the strains that we have being away, the mental health struggles many of us have and don't talk about, maybe increasingly so now."

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But he also told his fellow MP's that he was very proud "to represent a place like Skeena-Bulkley Valley;  for those of you who have not been you ought to go, it's this magnificent part of the world; it's vast, it is beautiful, it is breathtaking -- it is the very best of our country, and even better still are the people who live there."

Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach will be running in Cullen's place as the NDP candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley in this fall's federal election.

Three other parties have also announced candidates:    Claire Rattee of Kitimat will run for the Conservatives, Rod Taylor of Smithers will represent the Christian Heritage Party, and Jody Craven of Kitimat has been chosen by the People's Party of Canada.

The Green Party and the Liberals have yet to announce their candidates. 

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