Cullen hosts riding’s second electronic town hall Tuesday, June 12

SMITHERS – Residents of Skeena-Bulkley Valley are invited to join Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie (Halifax) and MP Nathan Cullen the evening of Tuesday, June 12 as they host the riding’s second annual electronic town hall.

“We’re really excited about doing another telephone town hall,” said Cullen.  “Our first call in March 2011 was very popular.  We were joined by 8,100 constituents and took questions on everything from health care to the economy.”

Cullen invited the Opposition’s environment critic to guest on the town hall because of widespread interest in the riding around harsh cuts to environmental protection announced in the Conservatives’ omnibus budget bill.

Cullen and Leslie will take as many questions as the one-hour event, set to start at 7pm Pacific, will allow.  Last year, 21 of the 251 questions posed were answered live on line, with staff following up on all remaining questions within a few weeks.

“The power of this fantastic technology to connect directly with thousands of constituents at one time really helps huge ridings such as ours create a larger dialogue by putting our whole region in touch with each other,” Cullen noted.

“It’s an extraordinary way to share ideas and work together towards solid solutions to mutual challenges and opportunities.”

There is no charge to join the town hall and everyone is welcome.   All listed residential telephone numbers in the Northwest will be dialed between 7-7:30 p.m. on June 12.  Those wishing to join the town hall pick up the phone, follow simple prompts and remain on the line for as little or long as they are interested.   People wishing to ask questions will be connected to a live operator.