Cullen kicks off third riding-wide economic tour in Smithers

SMITHERS– Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen will launch his third annual tour on the economy this week, starting Wednesday in Smithers and wrapping up eight communities later in Houston on Feb. 26.

“I look forward to doing these every year,” Cullen said today.  “It’s why I got into politics, to connect directly with people on the issues that matter to them and then work to help make things happen.”

The theme for this year’s economic forums is renewing the northwest and supporting economic growth.   Community leaders will work with small groups to discuss how economic projects of value currently in the works can be moved forward, and how possible projects on the horizon can be supported by residents and elected officials.  

Participants will also explore whether ideas from the forums can be supported by the Renewal Northwest, a self-organizing, non-partisan collective founded by Cullen two years ago that aims  to identify and foster sustainable development opportunities in Northwest BC.

Cullen is co-hosting a number of this year’s economic forums with area MLAs.  Skeena MLA Robin Austin will join Cullen in Kitimat and Terrace while North Coast MLA Gary Coons will help to present the Prince Rupert forum

Everyone is welcome to attend these free forums, which last two hours.  Cullen noted a variety of ideas and perspectives are needed to build creative and lasting economic initiatives across the Northwest.

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Contact: Shelley Browne (250) 877-4142,

Economic Forums: Communities and Dates:

Jan. 12, 7-9pm, Old Church, SMITHERS

Jan. 14, 7-9pm, River Lodge Recreation Centre, KITIMAT

Jan. 15, 2-4pm, Public Library, PRINCE RUPERT

Jan. 23, 2-4pm, Elks Hall, TERRACE

Feb. 12, 10am-noon, Heritage Centre, BURNS LAKE

Feb 12, 3-5pm, Seniors Centre, FORT ST. JAMES

Feb. 25, 7-9pm, Mountainview United Church, HAZELTON

Feb, 26, 2-4pm, Houston Seniors Centre, HOUSTON