Nathan Cullen Seeks Stikine NDP Nomination

Kathy Brookes

Former Skeena-Bulkley Valley M.P. Nathan Cullen is diving back into politics -- but this time it's provincial.

Cullen announced in a video on Facebook Thursday afternoon that he's seeking the N.D.P. nomination in the Stikine riding for the next provincial election. 

[PHOTO:   Nathan Cullen / Facebook video

Earlier this week, Forests Minister Doug Donaldson announced he won't be seeking re-election in Stikine. 

In his announcement, Cullen says it was an incredible honour to serve as Member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley from 2004 to 2019.

"We are now living in unprecedented and challenging times", he said, "and I want to offer my energy and experience to bring the voices of the people of Stikine to Victoria."

Cullen was hired by the B.C. Government earlier this year to work as a liaison between the Province and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs during the protests over the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline.

Elsewhere in the northwest, Anne Marie Sam announced she intends to seek the N.D.P. nomination in Nechako-Lakes while Nicole Halbauer is seeking the  nomination in Skeena.

[PHOTO:   Anne Marie Sam (left);  Nicole Halbauer (right) ]

Sam was the party's candidate in Nechako-Lakes in the 2017 provincial election -- losing to incumbent Liberal John Rustad.
Halbauer sought the N.D.P. nomination in Skeena three years ago, but lost out to Bruce Bidgood, who was then defeated by Liberal Ellis Ross in the provincial election.

The next B.C. election is scheduled for October of next year, but speculation has been swirling that Premier John Horgan will go to the polls earlier -- perhaps even this fall.  

Horgan himself has been non-committal. 

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