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February 8th, 2017

House to debate NDP motion calling for Liberal apology on electoral reform betrayal

OTTAWA – Brandishing a copy of the NDP’s petition calling for a fair, proportional voting system that last night became the most heavily subscribed electronic petition in parliamentary history, NDP democratic reform critics today introduced a motion demanding that Liberals apologize for outright betraying Canadians by shattering promises to reform the federal voting system.

January 30th, 2017

First bus run of long-awaited Highway 16 transit plan launched today

SMITHERS – This morning's inaugural commuter bus run between Smithers and Moricetown is a milestone in a decades-long struggle to improve connectivity and safety of Highway 16 travel, and is largely due to the efforts of families of missing and murdered women along the Highway of Tears, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

January 20th, 2017

Canada Summer Jobs employer application deadline extended two weeks

SMITHERS – Employers interested in applying for Canada Summer Jobs funding for 2017 are reminded that today’s application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 3rd.

January 13th, 2017

Possible Petronas move to Ridley Island “a good first step” to acceptable LNG project

PRINCE RUPERT – Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) says he welcomes news that Malaysia-headquartered Petronas oil and gas corporation may be considering moving the docking facilities for its controversial proposed Lelu Island liquefied natural gas plant to Ridley Island.

January 6th, 2017

Cullen pleased with final investment decision from AltaGas

PRINCE RUPERT – Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) is pleased with this week’s announcement from AltaGas that the company will invest in their proposed Ridley Island Propane Export Facility.

December 20th, 2016

Year in review: 2016 pivotal for the Northwest and Canada, says MP Nathan Cullen

OTTAWA – As the House of Commons winds down for the year, MP Nathan Cullen says 2016 was a pivotal year for the Northwest and for Canada. “In Ottawa and around the country, we’re working to change how Canadians vote to elect their representatives. And here at home, we’re also changing the way Canadians think about our natural resources and how we protect our natural environment – and the Northwest is ground-zero for this critical shift.”

December 19th, 2016

Cullen congratulates Kathleen Ruff for her commitment to banning asbestos

SMITHERS – Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, today recognized Smithers resident Kathleen Ruff for her formidable efforts to compel Canada join the dozens of other countries that have banned asbestos. Last week, the federal government announced its intention to ban the import, export and manufacturing of asbestos by 2018.

December 6th, 2016

Cullen statement on national day of action on violence against women

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen, whose sprawling federal riding includes the dangerous Highway of Tears, paid tribute today to Canadian women who have suffered abuse and violence, and those who fight against gender-based violence.

December 1st, 2016

Historic Electoral Reform Report Lays Out Path to a Fair Voting System

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December 1, 2016

OTTAWA – NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) was one of a handful of all-party MPs to present a final report to government this morning that recommends sweeping changes to how Canadians vote and modernizes an outdated electoral system to reflect a country-wide call for representation that more closely reflects voting results.

November 29th, 2016

Cullen says Northern Gateway decision was Trudeau’s only option

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says the Trudeau government’s decision to nix the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and supertanker project was not only the right choice – it was the only choice. “Over 130 First Nations, the province of BC, and Canada’s largest private sector union have all opposed this project. It isn’t a question of the environment against jobs – it’s a question of right against wrong.”

November 16th, 2016

Cullen wins Parliamentarian of the Year award for “Best Orator”

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP is this year’s winner of the Parliamentarian of the Year award for Best Orator in the House of Commons.

November 8th, 2016

PEI vote shows growing consensus on proportional representation: NDP

NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena–Bulkley Valley) and Deputy Democratic Reform Critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie) issued the following statement on the results of the Prince Edward Island plebiscite to adopt a mixed-member proportional voting system:

October 28th, 2016

Nathan Cullen's speech on supporting First Nations child welfare

Nathan Cullen gave the following speech in the House of Commons on October 27, 2016, on the importance of federal support for First Nations child welfare.

October 26th, 2016

“Top priority” Hazelton arena receives $12M in government funding

HAZELTONS –Today’s announcement of almost $12M in federal and provincial funding for the proposed Upper Skeena Recreation Centre, better known as the Heart of the Hazeltons, is huge news and due largely to the hard work and dedication of area residents, MP Nathan Cullen said from Ottawa this morning.

October 25th, 2016

Cullen calls for federal action and compensation for Bella Bella

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is calling for urgent federal action on BC’s central coast to help offset the devastation from the October 13 tug and diesel barge spill near Bella Bella. In a letter to four federal ministers, Cullen stresses the need for the government to support the people of the central coast who have borne the brunt of this disaster.

October 21st, 2016

Cullen honours Heiltsuk, calls for federal action to protect BC coast

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, rose in the House of Commons to pay tribute to the brave responders to a diesel spill on the Central Coast, and call for urgently needed federal action to protect BC’s coast from oil tankers:

October 14th, 2016

Cullen mourns sudden passing of “friend and colleague” Jim Prentice

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen is sadly remembering former Conservative MP and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice today as a man of integrity and passion for public service that benefitted Canadians and Albertans from all walks of life.

October 14th, 2016

Tanker barge incident near Bella Bella shows federal tanker ban long overdue on BC’s North Coast

OTTAWA – An American tug, the Nathan E. Stewart, pushing an empty fuel barge along BC’s Central Coast ran aground and sank Thursday morning causing 200,000 litres of diesel to leak into critical and sensitive areas. If the tanker barge had been full, the damage would have been much worse, with Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen calling it a “least-worst-case scenario.”

October 4th, 2016

Statement on the Syrian White Helmets

The NDP has endorsed the Syrian White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize. We have received much support for our position.

September 30th, 2016

Environment minister’s basic lack of salmon knowledge incredibly worrying, says Cullen

QUEEN CHARLOTTE CITY – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says the federal environment minister’s basic lack of knowledge about salmon is incredibly worrying, given her recent approval of the Petronas LNG plant next to sensitive salmon habitat at Flora Bank near Lelu Island.

September 28th, 2016

Trudeau betraying First Nations, science and climate promises, says Cullen

VICTORIA - Federal approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project at Lelu Island is a betrayal of Prime Minister Trudeau's promise to respect First Nations, science, and Canada's climate commitments, says Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

September 20th, 2016

21,000 minutes of listening time logged on electoral reform telephone town hall

SMITHERS – Over 3,400 constituents logged almost 21,000 minutes of listening time and posed dozens of questions during last night’s electoral reform town hall hosted by Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen and guest Katelynn Northam, an electoral reform campaigner with Leadnow.

September 19th, 2016

Make your voice heard: committee on voting reform coming to towns near you

NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena--Bulkley Valley) is ecstatic to be hitting the road to talk to Canadians about reforming our unfair, outdated voting system.

September 16th, 2016

Riding invited to dial into Monday’s electoral reform telephone town hall

SMITHERS –NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen will continue his outreach to constituents on electoral reform with a telephone town hall set for 7pm Monday (Sept. 19).

September 16th, 2016

Imagine your images in our 2017 riding calendar! Submit now

SMITHERS – We are assembling our annual calendar featuring stunning Northwest scenery and are again inviting constituents to send us their favourite photographs for consideration. 2017 will be the 13th calendar in which we celebrate our beautiful area.

September 9th, 2016

Telephone town hall on electoral reform set for Sept 19

SMITHERS – From old-fashioned to new-fangled, NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen will continue his outreach to constituents on electoral reform with a telephone town hall set for 7pm on September 19 and an online consultation portal on his official website.

August 30th, 2016

Minister Maryam Monsef to attend Cullen's electoral reform townhall

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen’s townhall on electoral reform next week in Kitimat will have a special guest in attendance. Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef is in the midst of a national tour to hear from Canadians about changing our country’s voting system, and will be stopping off in Kitimat to take part in the discussions with people in the Northwest.

August 25th, 2016

Cullen to host townhalls on voting reform

SMITHERS - In the last election, 63% of voters cast ballots for parties promising to reform the way Canadians elect their Members of Parliament. A special House of Commons committee on electoral reform is spending the summer and fall considering options for reforming our voting system. As Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen continues his work on the committee, he is also hitting the road to consult citizens across the Northwest about their best ideas and hopes to improve democracy.

August 19th, 2016

Buy a burger next Friday to support orphaned and injured wildlife

SMITHERS – The burgers will soon be sizzling in Smithers in support of orphaned and injured wildlife as MP Nathan Cullen’s annual community barbeque fires up to help out the Northern Lights Wildlife Society and its large menagerie of animals in need.

August 5th, 2016

Smithers and Kitimat-born athletes on Team Canada roster in Rio

SMITHERS – Two Northwest-BC born sports champions at the tops of their games are proudly taking their places among the 314 athletes representing Canada at the Summer Olympics that officially open in Rio de Janeiro today.

August 3rd, 2016

MMIW inquiry details cause for both kudos and concern, Cullen says

TERRACE – MP Nathan Cullen, whose sprawling federal riding includes the dangerous Highway of Tears, voiced both kudos and concerns following today’s long-awaited launch of a federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIW) in Ottawa this morning.

July 29th, 2016

Cullen gives feds an F for allowing construction start on Site C

OTTAWA — The green light Liberals gave on Wednesday to the start of construction of the Site C dam is sending up more red flags about Justin Trudeau’s commitment to a clean environment, sustainable energy and First Nations treaty rights, NDP Environment and Climate Change critic Nathan Cullen charged today.

June 30th, 2016

Federal court decision on Enbridge is welcome news for First Nations and British Columbians, says Cullen

VANCOUVER – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says the Federal Court of Appeal's decision to tear up permits for Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline is the right one - and one that northerners have known for a long time.

June 28th, 2016

Cullen releases infrastructure priorities report for Northwest communities

OTTAWA - Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen released a summary report of his regional infrastructure tour today, which highlights infrastructure priorities for the Northwest for the coming years. Read the report here

June 24th, 2016

Thursday is deadline for Daughters of Vote leadership contest

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OTTAWA – Next Thursday at midnight is the deadline for young women from Skeena-Bulkley Valley and across Canada to apply to temporarily take a seat in Parliament in an historic national initiative marking 100 years since women won the right to vote in provincial elections.

June 16th, 2016

Cullen pays emotional tribute to friend and slain British MP Jo Cox

OTTAWA – An emotional Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament to pay tribute to British MP and personal friend Jo Cox, who died after being shot while meeting with constituents in northern England today.

June 10th, 2016

Federal action urgently needed to support BC fishing communities

PRINCE RUPERT - Federal New Democrats will continue their push to bring fairness and sustainability to coastal BC fishing communities, said MPs Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam) and Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) in the wake of two days of hearings at the parliamentary fisheries committee this week.

June 10th, 2016

On climate, accountability is the real test for Mr. Trudeau

As the federal government continues to mull its plan to address climate change, Canadians may be watching with a mixed feeling of hope as well as understandable skepticism. This is a movie that we've seen before: ambitious international agreements signed by a Liberal government to much fanfare yet missing a real target or plan to get us there. Kyoto 2.0 is something we don't need.

June 7th, 2016

Adjacency, fleet separation dominate fish meeting in Ottawa

OTTAWA – North Coast voices were strong and passionate at a parliamentary fisheries committee meeting in Ottawa this afternoon as industry representatives spoke of the urgent need for legislative changes that would see resource benefits and jobs returned to communities.

June 6th, 2016

Fish talks in Ottawa tomorrow aimed at protecting North Coast jobs

OTTAWA – Representatives of BC shoreworkers and commercial license holders will be in Ottawa tomorrow to argue for changes to federal legislation that are aimed at keeping fish jobs in Prince Rupert through requirements for local processing and individual license ownership.

June 3rd, 2016

Statement on Leadership

Friends,

"Today I announced my decision not to seek the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.

June 2nd, 2016

Liberals endorse Cullen’s “Skeena model” to study how Canadians vote

OTTAWA - It’s the Skeena model, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen said of his proposal for proportional representation the government accepted today to finally kickstart a parliamentary committee that will study changes to how Canadians vote.

May 26th, 2016

Telephone Scam Alleging People Owe Massive Amounts in Back Taxes

Community members are reporting receiving a phone call from an individual claiming they are calling from CANADA REVENUE AGENCY’s ‘hotline’. The caller is claiming people OWE significant amounts in back taxes. The scammer will also say that they have tried contact the household 3-4 times in the past month, but there was no response. People are being told that the RCMP has issued an arrest warrant, which will be carried out within the hour, unless payment is made immediately. The calls might be coming from a 613 area code, which is the area code for Ottawa.

April 28th, 2016

Statement by MP Nathan Cullen

April 28, 2016

"Today, on Canada’s 32nd annual National Day of Mourning, I stand with you as we remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a direct result of work-related incidents.

April 28th, 2016

Coastal NDP MPs win bid to include BC Ferries in new federal building fund

BELLA BELLA — Changes requested by coastal NDP MPs and announced this week that will include BC Ferries in a new federally funded building program may also bring welcome relief from skyrocketing marine travel costs, MP Nathan Cullen said from Bella Bella.

April 25th, 2016

Cullen calls on PM to stand by promises to ban tanker traffic on BC coast

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April 25, 2016

SKIDEGATE – Amid media reports and growing fears the Liberal government is wavering on clear commitments to ban oil tanker traffic on BC’s north coast, Environment and Climate Change critic Nathan Cullen today called on the Prime Minister to stand by his word and stand up for Canadians.

March 21st, 2016

Trudeau has profound opportunity to galvanize faltering economy

In October, an overwhelming majority of Canadians cast ballots to defeat the Harper Conservatives and bring a new government to Ottawa. Canadians took prime minister Justin Trudeau at his word and his promise of “real change”—especially when it comes to Canada’s role fighting climate change.

March 18th, 2016

Supporting responsible growth in the Northwest

In almost 12 years as your Member of Parliament for beautiful Skeena-Bulkley Valley, I have come to appreciate two important things about how to help create good jobs in our region.

February 24th, 2016

Fixing our broken Employment Insurance system

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is lauding efforts by caucus colleagues Karine Trudel (Jonquiere, QC) and Niki Ashton (Churchill River—Keewatinook—Aski, MB) to hold the Liberal government to account on its promises to fix Canada’s broken Employment Insurance system.

February 12th, 2016

Cullen welcomes $9.2M in federal funding to support municipal projects across riding

HAZELTON – MP Nathan Cullen is welcoming today’s news that Skeena-Bulkley Valley has received close to $9.2 million of $73 million in federal funding announced for 57 projects across British Columbia.

February 4th, 2016

Make democratic reform process truly democratic: Cullen

OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.

January 6th, 2016

Huckleberry layoffs will be felt throughout the Northwest

HOUSTON – Today’s announcement that approximately 100 employees of Huckleberry Mines will immediately be laid off due to low copper prices is a tough blow so soon after Christmas, MP Nathan Cullen said this afternoon.

December 9th, 2015

Cullen, NDP push for federal support for BC Ferries

OTTAWA - Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, is joining with New Democrat MPs from across British Columbia in calling on the new government to extend federal infrastructure funding to BC Ferries.

November 27th, 2015

NDP lays out plan to make Paris climate summit a success

Canada's progressive opposition is committed to ensuring the COP21 climate summit in Paris is a success. Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen joined NDP leader Tom Mulcair today to present the party's expectations for the Paris conference.

November 25th, 2015

NDP statement on the International Day to End Violence against Women

“In April 2014, on just one night, more than 500 women and children fleeing violence were turned away from shelters because there weren’t enough spaces. That’s unacceptable in a country like Canada. We need to do more to eradicate violence against women, and to ensure that women and children facing violence have a safe place to turn to.

November 25th, 2015

NDP statement on the International Day to End Violence against Women

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement on the International Day to End Violence against Women:

November 16th, 2015

Statement from MP Nathan Cullen on situation at Canfisco plant in Prince Rupert

OTTAWA - Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, issued the following statement regarding the situation at the Canadian Fish Company (Canfisco):

June 2nd, 2015

Cullen: After the TRC, Canada must learn and act together

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says it is the responsibility of all Canadians to learn from the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, released today in Ottawa, and move forward together.

May 6th, 2015

Cullen, Mayor Durant invite public safety minister to Stewart

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen and Stewart Mayor Galina Durant are inviting the federal public safety minister, Steven Blaney, as well as his parliamentary secretary, Roxanne James, to Stewart, BC. In a letter sent to Blaney today, Cullen and Durant address the ongoing partial border closure between Stewart and the neighbouring town of Hyder, Alaska, which was put into effect by the Conservative government on April 1 of this year.

April 29th, 2015

Cullen concerned about Auditor-General report on First Nations health

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen expressed concern following the release of a damning report Tuesday from Canada’s Auditor General on the state of health services for remote First Nations communities. The report, entitled Access to Health Services for Remote First Nations Communities, focused on the state of care and facilities for remote First Nations communities in Ontario and Manitoba. But Cullen noted that the Conservative government’s underlying disregard for the health of Indigenous peoples is putting communities across Canada at risk.

April 28th, 2015

Remarks from Nathan Cullen on the Day of Mourning

The numbers tell the story. In 2013, 902 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada.

In the 21 year period from 1993 to 2013, 18,941* people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 902 deaths per year).

April 24th, 2015

Cullen grills Conservatives in the House over Stewart border closure

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen, New Democrat Finance Critic and MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, rose in the House of Commons today to take the Conservative government to task for its short-sighted decision to close the border crossing between Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder, Alaska for eight hours a day.

April 20th, 2015

Vancouver fuel spill shows Harper’s response system far from “world class”, says Cullen

OTTAWA – New Democrat Finance Critic and MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley Nathan Cullen gave an impassioned speech today in the House of Commons, highlighting the recent fuel spill in English Bay as more evidence the Conservative government has a long way to go to protect BC’s coastal waters and communities.

April 15th, 2015

Conservative inaction harming Canadian economy, Cullen says

OTTAWA – Today’s decision by the Bank of Canada to cut its growth forecast to zero is alarming and gives more evidence that the Harper government’s inaction is harming families and communities across the country.

April 9th, 2015

Cullen calls for tax fairness for Prince Rupert small business

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen is pointing to the disproportionate rates of taxation for small businesses in Prince Rupert as cause for the government to review the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act. In a letter to Minister of Public Works Diane Finley, Cullen called on the government to review how ports are paying taxes in Canada, citing the current predicament in Prince Rupert, where small businesses are paying a significantly higher rate of tax than major industry operating on port land.

April 1st, 2015

Conservatives reject protections for BC's North Coast

OTTAWA - Tonight, Conservatives voted down Bill C-628, An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest, which would have enshrined protections for British Columbia’s North Coast into law. The bill’s sponsor, NDP Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley), made the following statement:

March 31st, 2015

Cullen demands Blaney intervene to stop Stewart-Hyder border closure

OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commons, MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) spoke directly with Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, repeating demands that the border crossing at Stewart, British Columbia into Hyder, Alaska remain open 24 hours a day.

March 30th, 2015

Cullen to BC Conservatives: 48 to show who you work for

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) is challenging Conservative MPs from British Columbia to prove who they really work for in the next 48 hours by voting for Bill C-628, An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest. The bill would enact a ban on crude oil supertankers on BC’s North Coast, while also instructing the National Energy Board to give more meaningful consultation to First Nations and communities, and to assess value-added job impacts, when considering energy projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline.

March 25th, 2015

Cullen delivers Heiltsuk demand for emergency meeting directly to DFO minister

OTTAWA - MP Nathan Cullen today hand-delivered a letter to fisheries minister Gail Shea from the Heiltsuk Tribal Council that demands the department shut down any further herring fisheries in Heiltsuk traditional waters this year.

March 16th, 2015

Nathan Cullen calls on government to avoid harmful border blockage in Stewart, B.C.

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen, Member of Parliament for Skeena—Bulkley Valley, is calling on the Harper government to withdraw its decision to close the border crossing between Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder, Alaska between 11PM-7AM beginning April 1st, 2015. After consultations with municipal and business leaders in the area, federal agencies, and US Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cullen wrote to Canada’s public safety minister, Steven Blaney, demanding that the decision be withdrawn.

March 10th, 2015

Cullen welcomes Fairview expansion as economic boost to region and country

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MARCH 10, 2015

PRINCE RUPERT - Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen welcomes today’s announcement that the Port of Prince Rupert is expanding into Phase II of the Fairview container port.

December 15th, 2014

Enbridge Northern Gateway’s Year in Review

The Enbridge IndexEnbridge Northern Gateway’s Year in Review: opposition shows strength in numbers

VANCOUVER – This week, groups are marking the anniversary of the Joint Review Panel’s recommendation to approve Enbridge’s controversial pipeline and tanker project with a retrospective index.

December 5th, 2014

Jack Talstra earned the admiration and respect of all, says Cullen

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DECEMBER 5, 2014

TERRACE – The breadth and volume of tributes pouring in for former Terrace mayor Jack Talstra following his passing early today are a testament to the high regard and affection Northwest communities have for an extraordinary man, says Nathan Cullen.

November 26th, 2014

Cullen tells Conservatives to fight US materials policy for new Rupert terminal

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OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament today to demand the Conservative government intervene in the planned construction of a US ferry terminal in Prince Rupert using only American materials.

November 19th, 2014

Nathan Cullen named Most Knowledgeable Parliamentarian of 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 19, 2014

OTTAWA – “Honoured and unexpected” is how MP Nathan Cullen today described being named the Most Knowledgeable Parliamentarian of 2014 at an event hosted by Maclean’s magazine in Ottawa last night.

October 20th, 2014

Cullen challenges Conservatives’ Enbridge support following Simushir incident

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OCTOBER 20, 2014

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament today to challenge Conservative MPs to defend their support of controversial Enbridge supertankers following a tense weekend during which the country watched as emergency officials struggled to gain control of a disabled ship that threatened to spill its cargo of fuel off Haida Gwaii.

October 17th, 2014

Disabled Russian ship loaded with dangerous goods remains adrift in stormy seas

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OCTOBER 17, 2014

SMITHERS – Nathan Cullen continues to work with emergency responders, First Nations and communities as a Russian-registered container vessel carrying fuel and other dangerous goods drifts without power in stormy seas 20 kilometres off the rocky west coast of Moresby Island.

September 27th, 2014

Northern Gateway

The Northern Gateway pipeline and supertanker project threatens the livelihood of BC's northern communities. If built, it would put hundreds of salmon-bearing rivers and the BC coast at risk of a devastating oil spill. Nathan has opposed this project from the beginning, and has stood up for Northwest BC against Enbridge and the Harper government's bullying in Parliament and at the joint review panel.

September 27th, 2014

Nathan Introduces An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest

Nathan recently introduced his Private Member`s Bill, Bill C-628, An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest. which will ban oil supertankers from the Northwest Coast. The bill aims to protect communities and their surrounding environment by stopping the Northern Gateway Pipeline in its tracks, and hold the National Energy Board accountable in any future consultations.

September 19th, 2014

Opposition forces key debate and vote as women Take Back the Night

OTTAWA -An unscheduled debate about violence against Indigenous women dominated proceedings in Parliament this morning and triggered an October vote as the NDP Official Opposition again highlighted a crisis the Conservative government continues to ignore.

September 14th, 2014

Affordable Childcare

In 2015, the reality for too many Canadian parents is that they pay more forchildcare than they do for rent. Finding a safe, quality, affordable place for ourchildren to learn and grow is increasingly difficult for parents. Many pay morethan $1,000 a month (and as much as $2,000 in some parts of the country) per child for childcare – if they can find space at all. That’s why Nathan is proud to be working with the NDP to make childcare more accessible and more affordable with a plan to create one million new childcare spaces at a cost of no more than $15 per day.

September 4th, 2014

Cullen welcomes another airport funding announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

TERRACE - Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the Northwest Regional Airport will receive a second grant of $250,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust to assist with airport expansion.“The Northwest’s booming industrial activity and increased tourism traffic mean many of our airports must undertake expensive upgrades and expansions that rely on government funding assistance,” Cullen said.“Public money is tight and that our airports have been able to acquire as many grants as they have is a real tribute to airport managers and municipal leaders working on these funding projects.”

August 8th, 2014

Cullen slams decision for single inquest into northern sawmill explosions

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SMITHERS – The BC Coroners Service decision this week to hold a single public inquest into four deaths at sawmill explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George is little more than a “tick box” in already badly flawed investigations, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

August 6th, 2014

Conservatives must respond now to Mount Polley tailings pond disaster

OTTAWA –New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to respond immediately to the devastating breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond where billions of litres of toxic water and sands have been released into the surrounding lakes and rivers.

July 25th, 2014

Skeena standoff hurting Northwest economy and communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 25, 2014 SMITHERS - Opposition Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) continues to call for calm as tensions rise in the wake of contentious “eviction notices” for the Skeena River and all claimed Gitxsan traditional territories.

July 18th, 2014

Cullen calls on feds to help avert summer tension on Skeena River

HAZELTON - Opposition Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) today called on the federal government to immediately meet with Gitxsan leaders regarding their demand for an end to unauthorized use of claimed resources and territories by August 4.

June 26th, 2014

Cullen welcomes Supreme Court ruling on Tsilhqot’in First Nation title claim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 26, 2014

VANCOUVER – Today’s historic land claim ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada has been 150 years in the making and finally confirms what Northwest BC has long believed: First Nations rights and title are fundamental, says Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley).

June 17th, 2014

Statement from Nathan Cullen on Approval of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline

Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, made the following statement following the federal government's approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project:

June 16th, 2014

Nathan Cullen stands up for BC on eve of Northern Gateway decision

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OTTAWA – On the eve of the federal government decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, and in light of recent polls which estimate British Columbians oppose the project at a rate of two-to-one, MP Nathan Cullen delivered a challenge to BC Conservative MPs in the House of Commons: stand up for British Columbia and tell the federal cabinet say no to Northern Gateway.

June 11th, 2014

Cullen urges feds to come clean on Enbridge as minister mulls delaying decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2014

OTTAWA – Suggestions by Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford today that the government may delay a final decision on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project are irresponsible and can only further inflame an already overheated political environment, says Opposition Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley).

May 11th, 2014

Take Back Our Coast

Nathan Cullen is crisscrossing BC to host important discussions on how to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline – and you’re invited to get involved.

April 11th, 2014

CBC cuts hurt rural communities, Cullen says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 11, 2014

OTTAWA – More job cuts at the CBC threaten the quality of service available to our rural communities, said Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen. CBC announced that it would cut 657 positions, including 100 jobs from the regions and 323 from the French-language Radio-Canada service. It was also announced that the CBC will no longer be in the business of airing professional sports.

March 28th, 2014

Cullen applauds Smithers airport funding progress

OTTAWA – The extension of a $255,200 grant to the Town of Smithers for airport infrastructure upgrades is a welcome announcement, said Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen. The funds – allocated under the Airports Capital Assistance Program – will be used to replace the existing front end loader and ramp plow, which are crucial pieces of equipment for the airport in the often-snowy Bulkley Valley. Cullen urged federal transport minister Lisa Raitt to approve the funding in December and again in February, and thanked Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson for his efforts in assisting the town as well. “It’s important to have these efforts at all three levels – federal, provincial and municipal – to show the importance of the funding to the community, and I’m hopeful we can expect more funding under this program in the future for other badly need upgrades at the Smithers airport,” said Cullen.Cullen noted the strategic importance of the airport to the growing resource sector in the Northwest, as well as the necessity of the upgrades to maintain the airport as a safe and efficient facility. “Our region makes significant economic contributions to federal tax coffers through resource development. For the government, investing in our airport is a win-win, and the Town of Smithers deserves major credit for spearheading this determined effort.”

March 7th, 2014

Statement from Nathan Cullen to mark International Women’s Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 7, 2014

OTTAWA – Today we celebrate the incredible achievements of women across Canada, as well as the tremendous challenges they face every day. Once again this year, we must reflect on how we can work to eliminate violence against women and girls in Canada and internationally.

February 5th, 2014

Nathan Cullen mourns the loss, honours life of Chief Gisday’wa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 5, 2014

SMITHERS – Today, MP Nathan Cullen will pay his respects and share memories of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief Gisday'wa (Dr. Alfred Joseph), who passed away last Thursday in Hazelton.

January 16th, 2014

Local accountants help with personal tax tips at clinics hosted by Cullen

SMITHERS –Several local accounting firms in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers are teaming up with Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen next week to help make 2013 personal income tax preparation as painless as possible.

January 15th, 2014

Conditions for Northern Gateway already obsolete, says Cullen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 15, 2013

OTTAWA – At least two of the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel’s 209 conditions may already be outdated, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

December 19th, 2013

Statement from Nathan Cullen on recommendation of the Joint Review Panel for Enbridge Northern Gateway

OTTAWA– Today’s recommendation from the Joint Review Panel for the Northern Gateway project is an insult to the people of British Columbia, and an affront to our environment and our way of life. In the face of mountains of evidence and testimony debunking the viability of this project and its proponent, today’s verdict reflects the Harper government’s ongoing race to the bottom on resource development, meaningful consultation and environmental protection.

December 11th, 2013

Canada Post

The Conservative government decided to cut Canada Post services last winter with measures including raising the price of stamps to $1, reducing the workforce by 8000 jobs, and actively ending door to door delivery. They are planning to make these changes through the next five years.

December 11th, 2013

Save Canada Post

In December 2013, the Harper government announced cuts as well as price hikes at Canada Post, which saw the price of stamps rise to as high as $1, and which reduced Canada Post's workforce by 8,000 jobs. Worst of all, the cuts mean that Canada Post will end door-to-door delivery over the next few years, removing service from over 5,000,000 Canadian households.

December 6th, 2013

Statement by Nathan Cullen on December 6 National Day of Remembrance

Twenty-four years ago, 14 women were brutally murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. They were killed simply because they were women. Every year on December 6, our thoughts and prayers are with those women and their families.

December 5th, 2013

Statement on report of Doug Eyford to the Prime Minister

The revelation in Mr. Eyford’s report that Aboriginal communities on Canada’s west coast want a better approach to energy projects from the Canadian government is not new. This report strongly points to the need for reconciliation and respect for First Nations rights and title as a foundation, not an afterthought, to resource development in Canada. It also suggests that the urgency for leadership from the federal government couldn’t be higher. Much damage has been done to First Nation relations and an enormous amount of private investment depends on restoring trust.

November 21st, 2013

Open letter to Joe Oliver and Gail Shea regarding humpback whale protection

21 November 2013

Dear Ministers,

This is an open letter regarding the 21 October 2013 report, entitled Recovery Strategy for the North Pacific Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Canada, from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on a recovery strategy for humpback whales in Canada. As you are likely aware, it is part of the DFO’s mandate to help this species recover from a century of whaling that nearly drove the species into extinction. The report identified four areas of “critical habitat” for humpbacks, one of which is at the mouth of the Douglas Channel, the gateway from Kitimat to the Pacific Ocean. The report also identified vessel traffic and toxic spills as two of the greatest threats to the recovery of this species.

November 10th, 2013

BC Ferries

Keeping coastal communities across BC strong means maintaining a quality and affordable ferry service for British Columbians and for visitors to our province. But a recent string of devastating cuts by the Harper government in Ottawa and the Clark government in Victoria has damaged the reliability of BC Ferries, hurt tourism in our province, and unfairly heaped new costs onto BC residents.

November 5th, 2013

Clark folds on 5-card Enbridge promise, deals a bust hand to BC

OTTAWA - MP Nathan Cullen called the BC-Alberta framework agreement struck this morning regarding Enbridge “political window-dressing” that draws a blind on truth and transparency and deals a bust hand to British Columbia.

November 1st, 2013

Smithers and Prince Rupert LNG events postponed to New Year

SMITHERS —Late scheduling conflicts have led to postponement of Smithers and Prince Rupert events in a LNG tour co-hosted by MP Nathan Cullen later this month.

October 25th, 2013

Houston mill closure a severe blow to community, Cullen says

HOUSTON – Calling yesterday’s announcement that Houston Forest Products will close next spring “a blow few people realistically expected,” MP Nathan Cullen today vowed to do all in his power to help the community adjust and move forward

October 23rd, 2013

Nathan Cullen tables An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest

OTTAWA – NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) has presented a plan to protect the Pacific Northwest with his private members bill aimed at settling uncertainty and avoiding conflict around the future of the North Coast and the threat posed by Enbridge Northern Gateway.“Conservatives have arrogantly refused to listen to the concerns of people in the northwest and across British Columbia,” said Cullen. “From the risks of crude tankers in our northern coastal waters, to shutting communities out of the process and failing to consider the impact on value-added jobs.”Cullen introduced a private members bill today, called An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest, that would legislate a ban on supertankers on the North Coast, putting into law for the first time, a moratorium that will fully protect the region. The bill also seeks to give communities a stronger voice in pipeline reviews and better consider the impacts of projects on value added jobs.

September 23rd, 2013

Northwest tired of waiting for rail safety, says Cullen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 23, 2013

SMITHERS, B.C. – Nathan Cullen lambasted Transport Minister Lisa Raitt today in response to her department’s continued inaction to reduce blockages of public railway crossings by CN, which have become a significant burden to public safety and mobility in communities across the Northwest.

September 12th, 2013

Cullen calls for more transparency on First Nations consultation

OTTAWA– Nathan Cullen criticized the Harper government for its lack of transparency regarding First Nations consultation on energy projects today. In March, the Prime Minister appointed Douglas Eyford as Special Federal Representative for West Coast Energy Infrastructure, with the goal of engaging First Nations in consultations about energy projects, but the government has since been tight-lipped about the specifics of Mr. Eyford’s mandate and activities.

July 22nd, 2013

Time for Minister, Pacific Salmon Commission to step up, Cullen says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 22, 2013

SKIDEGATE, B.C. – Following revelations that Alaskan fishers are still fishing Skeena-bound sockeye salmon, even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans had closed the fishery, Nathan Cullen has written to the Pacific Salmon Commission Chair Susan Farlinger, as well as Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

July 22nd, 2013

Cullen welcomes WestJet to Northwest

SANDSPIT –Today’s announcement that WestJet Encore will launch twice-daily, non-stop service between Vancouver and Terrace starting in November is good news for all air travelers and another sign of the booming economy of the Northwest, says Nathan Cullen.

July 15th, 2013

Cullen responds to Conservative Cabinet shuffle

OTTAWA –Nathan Cullen welcomed the arrival of new ministers to key portfolios today, including the promotion of Michelle Rempel as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, an important source of federal funding for Skeena—Bulkley Valley. He also welcomed the shuffle of Gail Shea to Fisheries and Oceans, and Jason Kenney to Employment and Social Development (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development).

July 1st, 2013

Statement by MP Nathan Cullen on Canada Day

JULY 1, 2013

Today, as residents of Skeena-Bulkley Valley join Canadians from coast to coast to coast in celebrating our great country’s 146th birthday, I ask that you reflect on what it means to be Canadian.

June 25th, 2013

Cullen bill puts protection back into Act for major Northwest rivers

PRINCE RUPERT – MP Nathan Cullen has moved to put the protection back in the government-gutted Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) with a Private Member’s Bill proposing to protect the full lengths of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine rivers.

June 24th, 2013

Cullen to make key annoucement about riding rivers

PRINCE RUPERT —Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen will make an important announcement regarding major rivers in the riding tomorrow.

June 13th, 2013

Read Nathan’s office and travel expense claims

As public office holders, Members of Parliament are subject to rigorous scrutiny of their expenditures by impartial House of Commons administration staff. MPs must prove that any expense is incurred in the process of carrying out their parliamentary duties, representing constituents, and holding government to account.

June 13th, 2013

Nathan Cullen releases Renewal Northwest 2013 report

OTTAWA – Today, Nathan Cullen released a report entitled Renewal Northwest 2013: Balancing the Economy with Our Local Values, which pulls together the results of Cullen’s Renewal Northwest 2013 tour. From February to May, Cullen toured northern British Columbia from Prince Rupert all the way to Prince George, and spoke with civic and business leaders, students, retirees, First Nations and all walks of citizens to discuss building a sustainable economy in the Northwest.

June 13th, 2013

Nathan Cullen releases Renewal Northwest 2013 report

OTTAWA – Today, Nathan Cullen released a report entitled Renewal Northwest 2013: Balancing the Economy with Our Local Values, which pulls together the results of Cullen’s Renewal Northwest 2013 tour. From February to May, Cullen toured northern British Columbia from Prince Rupert all the way to Prince George, and spoke with civic and business leaders, students, retirees, First Nations and all walks of citizens to discuss building a sustainable economy in the Northwest.

June 10th, 2013

Tonight: Cullen to reject unfair income-split plan that abandons most Canadian families

OTTAWA -Opposition Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) rose in Question Period today to challenge the Conservative government to revise its grossly unfair income-splitting plan that would benefit only the richest Canadians, and he takes the lead again in an evening vote on the matter.

March 18th, 2013

Nathan Cullen calls out Conservative green-washing of pipeline safety

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen criticized Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Transport Minister Denis Lebel’s announcement of new oil spill response measures in Vancouver on Monday, calling it “an exercise in green-washing.” The ministers described steps towards establishing a “world class” oil spill prevention and response regime, which Cullen called another attempt to distract from the real and serious environmental, social and economic threat the Northern Gateway pipeline poses to British Columbia.

March 7th, 2013

Nathan Cullen demands action from transport minister on rail crossing safety

OTTAWA– Responding to ongoing instances of freight trains blocking crucial public railway crossings around the Northwest, MP Nathan Cullen took the issue to Minister of Transport Denis Lebel on Thursday, demanding action.

February 26th, 2013

Cullen calls out minister for misleading Parliament about EI changes

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen rose on a point of privilege in Parliament yesterday to object that the minister responsible for Employment Insurance has misled the House of Commons on tough new measures aimed at reducing insurance benefit payouts.“This is political spin at its worst,” Cullen said after the House of Commons adjourned.

February 15th, 2013

Northwest BC waters take to the floor of the House of Commons

OTTAWA – A small vial of water from Northwest BC watersheds made its way onto the floor of the House of Commons yesterday, a powerful symbol of what can happen when people stand together to defend what is important to them.

February 6th, 2013

Renewal Northwest tour seeks to balance resource jobs and community values

Prince Rupert – As project applications, approvals and prospects flood northern BC, communities are working to identify the types of projects that are in line with their values and will create good jobs.“Energy and mining companies worldwide are eyeing the Northwest as a place to invest in projects such as hydroelectric dams, mines, oil and gas pipelines and marine terminals,” says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen. “This presents extraordinary opportunities and also some pretty big challenges.“With tens of billions of dollars in resource investment expected in Northwest BC by the end of the decade, communities need to be a key part of the discussion if these projects are to gain social license to proceed.”Cullen and community partners are hosting discussions this month and next to identify the top criteria that communities want to see for projects to be supported by residents.The Renewal Northwest tour, titled New Projects, New Challenges, New Opportunities, will engage residents in answering four key questions. How do we:

define and evaluate the key factors that make a project good for the Northwest? influence what projects go ahead? create sustainable rather than boom/bust economies? ensure area residents benefit from responsible resource development?

February 4th, 2013

Headwaters victory a model for Canada, Cullen tells capacity crowd

KITSUMKALUM –It was standing room only Saturday afternoon as hundreds of people who stood up for their rivers crowded into Kitsumkalum Hall to celebrate the permanent ban on oil and gas development in the 400,000-hectare Sacred Headwaters.

January 30th, 2013

B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission Proposes changes to Skeena—Bulkley Valley

OTTAWA – Monday, the report by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for the Province of British Columbia was tabled in the House of Commons. Tasked with reconfiguring the boundaries of British Columbia’s federal electoral districts to grow the number of federal ridings from 36 to 42 due to population growth, the Commission has proposed an extension of the boundaries of Skeena—Bulkley Valley to include all of the Bella Coola Valley.

January 26th, 2013

Local accountants help with personal tax tips at clinics hosted by Cullen

SMITHERS –Several local accounting firms in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers are teaming up with Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen next week to help make 2013 personal income tax preparation as painless as possible.

January 18th, 2013

Dutch flag flies on Parliament Hill to mark 70th birthday of Princess

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 18, 2013 OTTAWA – In recognition of Skeena-Bulkley Valley’s many Dutch-heritage constituents, MP Nathan Cullen attended a ceremonial flag-raising on Parliament Hill today marking the Ottawa birth 70 years ago of Princess Magriet of the Netherlands

January 18th, 2013

Burns Lake marks one-year anniversary of sawmill fire on Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA –The thoughts of northern British Columbians and many Canadians will be with Burns Lake on Sunday as the community marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products, said MP Nathan Cullen.

December 18th, 2012

“We will defend our rivers. We will defend our coast.”

PRINCE RUPERT – MP Nathan Cullen praised today’s decision by the government of British Columbia to impose a permanent ban on oil and gas exploration in the Klappan Range in the province’s northwest. Cullen called the move to protect the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers a “great victory for the Tahltan and the people of the Northwest and BC.”He also signalled that the choice of the BC Liberal government to wait until the very last moment to make this very sensible decision is somewhat perplexing, on the other hand.“The four-year moratorium on industrial exploration in the area was set to expire today, but due to the tireless efforts of so many, the BC government finally listened, and we were able to finally protect the headwaters,” said an elated Cullen in Prince Rupert. Today’s announcement will extend this moratorium permanently, giving greatly needed protection for the region’s great population of grizzly bears, stone sheep, caribou and wild salmon. The move to protect the region comes at a time when, more often than not, the ruling falls in the other direction and big industrial interests win out over the rights of First Nations and the environment. Protecting the Sacred Headwaters underlines the importance of operating a resource economy in a way that respects the environment at the same time as it creates jobs.“Joint partnerships between industry and people are essential to ensuring that development does not compromise the pristine beauty of the region or the homelands and traditional ways of life in the community,” Cullen noted. “We want economic development in the north, but it has to work and be positive for the people who live here.“There’s a contrast here with Enbridge and the Northern Gateway pipeline, which poses tangible and unacceptable risks to our homes and our environment. We will defend our rivers. We will defend our coast,” said Cullen.“Shell did the right thing. The only thing. We’re looking to Enbridge next to do the right thing, and respect the will of the community.”

December 14th, 2012

Ridley sale must be open and work for northwest, Cullen says

PRINCE RUPERT – MP Nathan Cullen said today’s announcement by the federal government that Ridley Terminals Inc. in Prince Rupert is up for sale is poorly timed in light of widespread Canadian outrage at last week’s sale of Nexen.“The Conservatives have earned themselves the deep distrust of most Canadians over their handling of the Nexen deal and now they’re peddling another major Canadian asset without due process,” Cullen said from Ottawa today. "A decision of this magnitude that so fundamentally affects the northwest and all of Western Canada should first go to the people for consultation and then on to Parliament for honest debate.“Last week we saw Stephen Harper and his one-man band sell out Canadians with the disgraceful Nexen deal.“Now the Conservatives are single-handedly trying to sell off a federal Crown corporation that is finally posting a profit after having millions of tax dollars poured into it.” Ridley Terminals made $34M last year.“I don’t trust these guys.“The Ridley sale must work for the northwest and I see no evidence our interests have even been considered in yet another shakedown of Canadian resources and assets.” Federal ministers of state for Finance and Transport were in Prince Rupert today to announce Ridley Terminals is up for sale to a private sector company. Cullen scoffed at their assurances that controlling interest in the company would not be sold to any state-owned companies outside of Canada.Cullen said he will be speaking with the ministers responsible to demand a transparent sale process that stands the test of public scrutiny.

December 12th, 2012

Cullen praises Guujaaw as great leader and passionate advocate

OTTAWA – Describing Haida Nation president Guujaaw as a personal friend and passionate advocate, MP Nathan Cullen joined a chorus of well wishers today as the respected First Nations leader leaves his post after 13 years.“Guujaaw has been a great leader for the Haida Nation and all First Nations,” Cullen said from Ottawa. “He is a personal friend and I’m glad he will continue to serve his nation in other ways.“He has been energetic and passionate throughout his extraordinary presidency,” Cullen said. “He brought home a land deal that paves the way for Haida Gwaii’s future and sets the standard for other nations.” (A landmark agreement that increased the protected area of the islands to 52 percent of the total land base.)Cullen noted that as president, Guujaaw also fought off-shore oil drilling, was instrumental in establishing Gwaii Hanaas National Park Reserve, helped end the black bear hunt, oversaw the return of Haida Gwaii forestry into the hands of his people, and persuaded the BC government to rename the Queen Charlotte Islands to the traditional Haida Gwaii.

December 3rd, 2012

Nathan spoke about Bill C-45 and the government motion to limit in the House of Commons

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC: The government has sought again today to shut down debate on an incredibly important budget bill. It seems the number of times government members have to come face to face with democratic principles of the House is fatiguing to them. It is tiresome to them that democracy is such a cumbersome weight to drag around, particularly when the Conservatives have a majority government, of which they like to abuse their power so frequently and with such fervour. The government members need to rationalize and justify, each and every time, why they shut down our ability to hold them to account.

November 8th, 2012

Cullen presses feds to fund emergency & environmental protection

OTTAWA – Using last month’s massive earthquake off Haida Gwaii as a backdrop, MP Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament today to press the federal government to properly fund emergency response and environmental protection measures in British Columbia.

November 7th, 2012

Deadline approaching for 2013 constituency calendar entries

SMITHERS – Just a quick reminder that northwest residents have only one more week to send in your best scenic shots for our 2013 constituency calendar.

November 2nd, 2012

Supporting Veterans

Nathan believes that after everything they have sacrificed for Canada, veterans shouldn't have to fight again for fair treatment by the Canadian government. But all too often, veterans have been neglected by the government, and left to fight again for their benefits, pensions, and health supports.

October 31st, 2012

Canadians rake Harper gov’t over coals for bad decisions and deals

SMITHERS –Yesterday’s announcement that the federal government will investigate the validity of temporary foreign workers at BC coal mines is a direct result of concerned citizens increasingly alert to the selloff of Canada to outside interests, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

October 18th, 2012

Nathan comments during debate on a motion regarding food safety legislation, Bill S-11

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, at the heart of the opposition motion today is a question about ministerial accountability and responsibility. This speaks obviously to the role that the agriculture minister plays on behalf of Canadians, but also the role that the Prime Minister has to play in holding his ministers to account. I want to pick up on the last point my friend raised, because I remember well being in the House the day the minister got to his feet and said that no tainted meat will reach the store shelves of Canadians. That was the reassuring work that the minister was doing that day, when in fact that was not true at all. Canadians get frustrated, when looking to the government to protect them and their families when an incident like this happens, if they are not told the truth. Here is my question. Why does the government seem so comfortable with the double standard of allowing meat to continue to ship to Canadians while preventing that same meat from travelling to American families? I do not understand how a minister of the Crown, of the Canadian government, can feel comfortable sitting in that role knowing that is what went on day after day.

October 17th, 2012

Nathan asks a question about the government’s second omnibus budget bill

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the failures keep coming. The last time the Conservatives introduced a budget implementation bill, there were hundreds of things hidden in it: attacks on the environment, on seniors, on the unemployed, on the Auditor General. Will the Conservatives be honest with Canadians for once, or will they table yet another Trojan Horse with disastrous consequences?

October 15th, 2012

Cullen’s questioning of Enbridge officials set for tomorrow

SMITHERS – The ability of Enbridge to deal with a pipeline rupture is a key concern of both supporters and opponents and will be the focus of MP Nathan Cullen’s cross-examination of company officials in Prince George tomorrow.

October 15th, 2012

Cullen’s questioning of Enbridge officials set for tomorrow

SMITHERS – The ability of Enbridge to deal with a pipeline rupture is a key concern of both supporters and opponents and will be the focus of MP Nathan Cullen’s cross-examination of company officials in Prince George tomorrow.

October 12th, 2012

Feds are failing Canadians who cannot fill skilled mining jobs

BELLA COOLA – The news this week that hundreds of Chinese temporary workers will soon begin flooding into northeast BC coal mines to fill skilled labour shortages is a “manufactured crisis,” MP Nathan Cullen said today.

October 4th, 2012

Food Safety Update: Holding the government to account on the XL Foods tainted meat crisis

As Opposition House Leader, Nathan Cullen is working hard alongside of his NDP colleagues to hold the Conservative government to account on its dismal food safety record. The current crisis of e.coli-contaminated beef products and the tragic 2008 listeriosis crisis in Maple Leaf products are linked to the near-annual budget cuts and regulatory changes by both this Conservative and the preceding Liberal governments.

September 22nd, 2012

REMEMBERING JACK LAYTON’S LEGACY

OTTAWA - On the one year anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, Canadians from coast, to coast, to coast are gathering to celebrate and reflect on this great leader’s legacy.

September 21st, 2012

Nathan leads Question Period with a request on foreign investment

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the deadline for the proposed takeover of Nexen by CNOOC is in 22 days. Time is running out. Canadians are concerned. They are concerned about the consequences and about the inaction of the Conservative ministers: no public consultation, no clear criteria. The Minister of Industry seems lost and overwhelmed by events.

September 18th, 2012

Cullen wins JRP approval to question key federal fisheries witnesses

Request to cross-examine other government witnesses denied

OTTAWA - MP Nathan Cullen today welcomed a ruling from the National Energy Board’s Enbridge Joint Review Panel approving his request to cross-examine federal officials at technical hearings for the proposed pipeline.

September 18th, 2012

Cullen welcomes “encouraging news” for Burns Lake sawmill rebuild

SMITHERS – Conditional confirmation yesterday that the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake will be rebuilt is “another step in the right direction,” MP Nathan Cullen said from Ottawa today.

September 18th, 2012

Cullen welcomes “encouraging news” for Burns Lake sawmill rebuild

SMITHERS – Conditional confirmation yesterday that the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake will be rebuilt is “another step in the right direction,” MP Nathan Cullen said from Ottawa today.

July 10th, 2012

NTSB cites Enbridge for “complete safety breakdown” in Michigan spill

SMITHERS – Today’s report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the deadly July 2010 Enbridge spill in Michigan identifies “a complete breakdown of safety at Enbridge” and notes the company knowingly “failed to accurately assess the structural integrity of the pipeline.”

July 10th, 2012

NTSB cites Enbridge for “complete safety breakdown” in Michigan spill

SMITHERS – Today’s report by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the deadly July 2010 Enbridge spill in Michigan identifies “a complete breakdown of safety at Enbridge” and notes the company knowingly “failed to accurately assess the structural integrity of the pipeline.”

June 28th, 2012

NDP MPs leave Northwest with opposition to Enbridge ringing in their ears

KITIMAAT VILLAGE – A delegation of Official Opposition MPs led by Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie left the Northwest this morning with even greater determination to stop the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

June 22nd, 2012

New Democrats intense, hard-fought session a success

OTTAWA – Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) alongside the Leader of the Official Opposition Tom Mulcair (Outremont) and Opposition Whip Nycole Turmel (Hull-Aylmer) summed up this Parliamentary session as one where New Democrats held Harper’s Conservatives to account.

June 15th, 2012

Show of Force: NDP MPs head to Kitimaat Village for Enbridge JRP

Delegation led by Opposition Deputy Leader and Environment Critic

KITIMAAT VILLAGE – A team of Official Opposition MPs led by Deputy Leader and Environment Critic Megan Leslie will travel to the Northwest June 25-27 to observe Enbridge Joint Review Panel community hearings and host a public forum on the controversial project.

June 15th, 2012

Opposition fights omnibus budget bill to the end

For over 22 hours non-stop, we stood up to a bully for Canada, says Cullen

June 14th, 2012

Environmental assessment top concern in telephone town hall

SMITHERS – Changes to environmental assessment was ranked the issue of most impact to the Northwest during Tuesday evening’s telephone town involving 8,498 callers and hosted by MP and House Leader Nathan Cullen and Opposition environment critic Megan Leslie.“Over 52% of people responding to this question told us that EA changes worry them most,” Cullen said. “This certainly fits with the explosion of grassroots activism we’ve seen the past year, especially with opposition to Enbridge and the attempts of Conservatives to stomp all over the Fisheries Act.”A veteran of many telephone town halls, Cullen said he was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of Northwest residents for the call.“It was a great call. We had close to 8,500 participants; an incredible 93% of the people who picked up the phone joined our event.” Last year’s first-ever telephone town hall in the riding also attracted over 8,000 participants, or 86% of the calls answered live. Cullen said the electronic town hall technology is useful in a sprawling riding such as Skeena-Bulkley Valley as it “unites and brings together thousands of people to talk about common issues of concern.“I wish the government would listen in on these calls to get more in touch with what people are thinking and saying about the stuff coming out of Ottawa.”Three polls were conducted during the town hall to canvass constituents regarding action they want Cullen to take on issues affecting the riding. Significantly, 82% of 448 people answering whether they agree or disagree with the Conservatives putting so many changes into the budget bill said they oppose the move. Increased post-secondary funding topped the list of where people would like to see the federal government spend money. Over 30% of people choose this option, followed by 26% favoring increased pension spending for seniors, 22% tapping additional northern living allowance tax credits, and 10% pointing to universal dental care.182 people asked questions on the call. While time allowed only 11 questions to be answered, notes of all questions will allow individual follow-up over the summer.

June 5th, 2012

Nathan poses questions on National Defence

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives promised ships, planes and vehicles for the Canadian armed forces. They promised to repair search and rescue craft in British Columbia. The Conservatives knew full well that they could not keep those promises. They did not have the money to keep them. National Defence officials had made that clear to them.

June 5th, 2012

Cullen says no choice but to move amendments

OTTAWA – Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) alongside Finance Critic Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) and Deputy Finance Critic Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) said the government has left them no choice but to move hundreds of amendments to fight the omnibus budget bill.

June 5th, 2012

Our Canada, Our Budget / Notre Canada, Notre Budget

Are you concerned about the Omnibus Budget Bill? Bill C-38 is an unprecedented attempt to pass far-reaching legislation affecting environmental regulations, EI, OAS, and many other non-budgetary issues under the guise of a budget bill. It's a Trojan Horse this government is using to avoid debate on issues important to Canadians. Visit my Facebook page to find out about the campaign I'm running to oppose Bill C-38. Stand with your fellow Canadians and tell the Harper government this is Our Budget !

June 1st, 2012

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.

May 31st, 2012

Cullen asks Harper why he won’t take his colleague’s advice

Proposing major overhaul of Fisheries Act in Omnibus reckless

OTTAWA – After former Conservative fishery minister Thomas Siddon voiced concerns about the Harper Government gutting the Fisheries Act, Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) asked Mr. Harper today during Question Period why he won’t take his colleague’s advice.

May 30th, 2012

Cullen attacks Harper Government on EI Changes

OTTAWA – Opposition House Leader Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) rose in the House today during Question Period to demand why the government is taking away an insurance program that belongs to workers.

May 18th, 2012

Nathan ask a question about pensions

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for months now Conservatives have refused to come clean about their plans to cut old age security. The finance minister claimed that the only projections he has seen have come from the media. Now we learn that the finance minister has been sitting on a report about the future costs of OAS for nearly five years, but refuses to share it with Canadians. Two elections, four budgets, one big cover-up. Why are Canadians only now learning the truth?

May 18th, 2012

Nathan asks a question about pensions

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, for months now Conservatives have refused to come clean about their plans to cut old age security. The finance minister claimed that the only projections he has seen have come from the media. Now we learn that the finance minister has been sitting on a report about the future costs of OAS for nearly five years, but refuses to share it with Canadians. Two elections, four budgets, one big cover-up. Why are Canadians only now learning the truth?

May 15th, 2012

Nathan speaks on a motion related to Bill C-11, The Copyright Modernization Act

Bill C-11—Time Allocation Motion

Mr. Speaker, I must say that this is disappointing and discouraging, but not surprising from the government. It has shut down debate on 13 different bills since being election, and eight since January alone. I think the most powerful thing in politics is to repeat back principles that people once had before they were in government. Therefore, they can understand why we may be frustrated and why Canadians may be frustrated. I will to quote the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, who said:

May 14th, 2012

Nathan speaks in a debate on Iran

Mr. Speaker, there two points my friend concluded with that I would like him to address a little bit further, to understand what the government's approach has been towards Iran. The first point is on the support of democratic institutions, that these things are not built within an election cycle or a year. Certainly they are built up over time. I am a bit confused by a government that out of one side of its mouth talks about the need to support democracy and rights, collectively, abroad, and out of the other side of its mouth talks about and performs an act that destroys the one Canadian institution that is doing this, called Rights and Democracy. My second point is a sensitive question, but I would like the member's thoughts on it. To what effect is the so-called sabre rattling done by the government and others around the world almost seeking not to provoke war but certainly to continue to rattle those sabres and, to the regime in Iran, put a series of ultimatums? What effect does that have on the peace-building process, on the democratic process within Iran, which needs our support, not the effect that the government is potentially having when it does rattle those sabres?

May 4th, 2012

Nathan asks a question about Alberta’s Highway 63

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Madam Speaker, recently the House stood for a moment of silence to commemorate the day of mourning for those killed and injured at work. People from all across Canada were shocked to hear about the recent tragedy on Alberta's Highway 63. Our hearts go out to those families who lost loved ones.

May 3rd, 2012

GRENVILLE CHANNEL OIL A DECADES-OLD DISGRACE, CULLEN SAYS IN QUESTION PERIOD

PRINCE RUPERT - The oily slick spotted inside Grenville Channel Tuesday night is just the latest example of the Conservatives’ total disregard for environmental responsibility, MP Nathan Cullen charged in Question Period today.“Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives promised the people of Hartley Bay two years ago to clean up this mess,” Cullen told Environment Minister Peter Kent. “They are not just failing to protect coastal communities, they are putting them at further risk, all the while cheerleading for raw export of pipelines and supertanker projects.“Why is the government putting the health and life of coastal communities at risk all in favour of their friends in the oil patch?”Cullen challenged Kent to explain recent government decisions that threaten the BC coastline and communities, including closure of B.C.s only oil spill response centre, gutting of environmental laws for pipelines and fast-tracking review processes, and destroying fish habitat protections. Kent denied any negative impacts in his response. The Gitga'at Nation of Hartley Bay announced Tuesday that a commercial pilot has reported a fuel slick about 60 metres wide and between 3.2 and eight kilometres long in Grenville Channel, south of Prince Rupert. The discharge is believed to be upwelling from US army transport vessel Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski, which sank in 1946 with munitions and about 700 tonnes of fuel on board. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans estimates the leak is "very small," a bit less than half a cup. However a local witness reports that there is no chance only a cup was spilled. Investigators and representatives from both parties are at the scene and Cullen is staying in close contact with authorities.The site is in the middle of the nation's territory and almost directly across from important traditional shellfish harvesting areas. Gitga'at depend on the ocean from 40% of their diet.

May 3rd, 2012

Nathan asks a question about an oil spill off the Northwest BC coast

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are harassing ecologists and slashing funding for oil spill protection and monitoring measures, but that does not solve the problem. Yet another oil spill has appeared on British Columbia's northern coast. At one kilometre long and 60 metres wide, this catastrophic spill is threatening the community of Hartley Bay. In 2003, the Conservatives were warned about the growing risk of oil spills. That oil spill appeared two days ago. Can the Conservatives tell us what they have done so far to clean up the mess?Hon. Peter Kent (Minister of the Environment, CPC): I would be delighted to, Mr. Speaker. Environment Canada has been notified of the release of a small amount of oil from a Second World War warship sunk off the coast of British Columbia. The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead agency. Environment Canada's national ice service overflew the site to observe and to report on the release. It appears that this time the environmental impact will be minor as there appears to be less than one litre of

May 2nd, 2012

New Democrats Celebrate May 2 Victory

One year later, caucus strong, united and moving forward, says Cullen.

OTTAWA – New Democrats across Canada are celebrating the one year anniversary of their historic victory when the party grew from 37 to 103 MPs and became the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

April 26th, 2012

A statement by Nathan Cullen, MP, on the explosion at the Lakeland Mills in Prince George

It is with great sadness that we learned the tragic news of the explosion at the Lakeland Mills in Prince George this past Monday. We deeply regret to hear of the deaths of two workers from the mill. Our thoughts are with the entire community, particularly with the families of those who perished and the twenty two who were injured.

April 24th, 2012

Nathan Cullen speaks on if Minister of National Defence committed breach of privilege

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to rise in this place on such an important question. I am sure that not only members of Parliament but those we seek to represent well in this place will be very interested in the conclusion you bring with respect to the breech of privilege that has been suggested by the member for Toronto Centre. We should begin with the conditions under which you will be deciding whether our privileges have actually been breeched in this place by the Minister of National Defence in this particular case.

April 21st, 2012

Cullen’s new Opposition House Leader role good for riding

Cullen’s new Opposition House Leader role good for riding

SMITHERS - Good news for the Northwest is how MP Nathan Cullen is describing his new appointment as Opposition House Leader.

April 19th, 2012

Strong BC Representation in NDP Shadow Cabinet

STRONG BC REPRESENTATION IN NDP SHADOW CABINET Cullen named Opposition House Leader

BRITISH COLUMBIA – BC NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley) has been named Opposition House Leader by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

April 3rd, 2012

Conservative Budget Ends Nation-Building Katimavik Program, says Cullen

Conservative Budget Ends Nation-Building Katimavik Program, says Cullen

Ottawa – Canadians from coast, to coast, to coast are outraged with the announcement that the 35-year-old youth volunteer program Katimavik will be eliminated in this year’s budget.

April 2nd, 2012

Cullen urges Enbridge JRP to return to scheduled hearings in Bella

SMITHERS - It is very important that talks today aimed at resuming community hearings in Bella Bella for the Enbridge Joint Review Panel are successful, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said from Ottawa today.

March 30th, 2012

Stripped down environmental assessment for Enbridge sparks widespread outrage

OTTAWA –Retroactively applying new, tighter deadlines for environmental assessments to the Northern Gateway Project “entirely changes the rules of the game” and lays an already heated process wide open to costly, time-consuming court cases, says MP Nathan Cullen.

March 29th, 2012

Cullen attacks Conservatives for silencing tactics, stripping environmental protections

OTTAWA –MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) demanded answers during question period yesterday in the House from the Conservatives about anticipated cuts to environmental protections and weakening of review processes.

March 28th, 2012

Nathan asks why Conservatives continue to attack review process

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Natural Resources has repeatedly and brazenly undermined the process reviewing the Northern Gateway pipeline project, actually attacking Canadians who had the audacity to stand up for our homes and our land, calling them radicals.

March 13th, 2012

Main Estimates slash spending in key areas for coastal environmental protection

OTTAWA – The 2012-13 Main Estimates released by the Conservative government outline provisional spending plans for the March 29 budget that forecasts a deep series of cuts to key departments for environmental protection.

March 12th, 2012

Majority of B.C. residents say no to pipeline

OTTAWA –

Results from a B.C. survey conducted by Mustel Group show that the majority of B.C. residents understand that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project will not create long-term employment.

March 8th, 2012

International Women’s Day 2012

OTTAWA – As we celebrate the 101st International Women’s Day, we can both honour the achievements and reflect on the ongoing challenges facing women and girls in Canada today.

March 6th, 2012

Cullen salutes public teachers for upholding rights of students to quality education

SMITHERS/TERRACE –

These remarks were delivered on Nathan’s behalf by staff at teacher rallies in Smithers and Terrace today.

March 1st, 2012

Time to act on RCMP oversight: NDP

Cullen says binding civilian oversight of the RCMP long overdue

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to support civilian oversight and finally take action to fix serious problems in the RCMP. Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley), seconded by NDP Chief Whip Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) introduced the Civilian Oversight Act in the House of Commons today.

March 1st, 2012

Economic Renewal and Social License

After a townhall tour in communities across the Northwest in the winter and spring of 2013, Nathan developed the Citizen’s Guide to Social License. Citizens of all social, economic and political walks of life brought their experiences and insights, and together we’re working to create a strong and sustainable Northwest for now and for the future.

March 1st, 2012

Tax Breaks for Small Businesses

Nathan Cullen recognizes the importance of small business in Canada, and as the NDP's finance critic in Ottawa, he has been fighting to reduce small business taxes for this important sector that creates nearly half of all new jobs in Canada.

February 28th, 2012

Alberta Government kills hope for value-added jobs

OTTAWA – The announcement that the Government of Alberta will not be supporting the Alberta First Nations Energy Centre is a signal we’re moving in the wrong direction, says MP Nathan Cullen.

February 28th, 2012

Cullen welcomes unanimous parliamentary support for increased funding to reserve schools

OTTAWA –

Unanimous support in Parliament last night for an NDP motion calling for the federal government to fund reserve schools to the same level that provinces do public schools is welcome and overdue news, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

February 24th, 2012

Cullen rejects Transport Canada report downplaying Enbridge risk

KITIMAT –

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he is not surprised but also not convinced at Transport Canada’s findings yesterday that oil supertankers can safely travel in and out of the port of Kitimat.

February 17th, 2012

Cullen delivers passionate defense of land at Enbridge JRP

PRINCE RUPERT – Skeena-Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen delivered a passionate defense of the Northwest and its land and people in a 40-minute address to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel here today.

February 15th, 2012

Cullen attacks government for putting gun-owners and citizens at risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2012

Government refuses to listen to reason

Ottawa–Today’s vote that scrapped the gun registry marks the end to a divisive chapter that did little to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

February 14th, 2012

Nathan Cullen’s response to Northern Gateway’s request to limit speaking time

Ottawa

It is my duty, and right, as Member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley to express and defend the views and interests of my constituents. I have spoken with constituents across Northwest British Columbia and most residents in the riding have expressed concerns regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. It is for this reason that I decided to participate in the review process.

February 8th, 2012

Cullen: cuts to seniors’ benefits could affect affordability of northern retirement

Stephen Harper’s move to balance the Conservative deficit by cutting future Old Age Security (OAS) benefits to seniors could hit northern and rural communities particularly hard, Skeena-Bulkley Valley Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen said today.

February 8th, 2012

PM needs to stand up for Canadian energy security and jobs

MP Nathan Cullen will be watching Mr. Harper closely during his trip to China this week to see if there are any unexpected announcements that will affect Canadians.

February 1st, 2012

Rio Tinto returns traditional lands to the Cheslatta Nation

Rio Tinto returns traditional lands to the Cheslatta NationAfter a decade of discussion, Rio Tinto Alcan completed the transfer of sixty-three district lots, just over 11,000 acres of land, to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation in January 2012. The land transfer marks the conclusion of a long-standing issue between the company and the Cheslatta, and the beginning of a new cooperative relationship between Rio Tinto and the Cheslatta Nation. It will bring mutual economic and societal benefits for many years to come.

January 26th, 2012

Northern Lights Wildlife Society wins 2011 Aviva Community Fund

The Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) won $140,000 from the 2011 Aviva Community Fund. The Aviva Community Fund supports initiatives that have a positive impact on the community. 90 semi-finalists are chosen by popular vote, after which the top 30 finalists are evaluated by a panel of judges to determine 12 winners. Winners were announced on January 25, 2012.

January 24th, 2012

Nathan Cullen’s community meeting statement regarding Burns Lake sawmill explosion

Friends,

I am sorry I cannot be in Burns Lake personally during this very difficult time. Please know that I have been in close contact with First Nations and community leaders, and police, health and coroner’s authorities since Friday night.

January 21st, 2012

Sawmill explosion devastating to entire North

SMITHERS– The thoughts and prayers of all of Skeena-Bulkley Valley are with the residents of Burns Lake today as the community copes with last night’s devastating explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

January 20th, 2012

Welcome to 65 new Canadians from 22 countries!

Our northern community welcomed 65 new Canadians, originally coming from 22 different countries, as they swore the Oath of Citizenship on January 19, 2012 in Muheim Elementary School. Judge George Gibaut presided over the citizenship ceremony that swore in new citizens coming in from Smithers, Telkwa, Burns Lake, Houston, New Hazelton, Terrace and the surrounding communities. Judge Gibaut noted that while it was freezing cold outside, it was also “a very warm day in all of our hearts.”

January 18th, 2012

Foreign oil money the real threat to truth and nationalism at Enbridge hearings

Cullen blasts pipeline supporters for distorting facts and derailing democracy Ottawa –“It’s unethical. It isn’t factual. It’s not going to work,” says MP Nathan Cullen about the recent smear campaign calling opponents of the proposed Enbridge pipeline “radical.”

January 18th, 2012

Keystone rejection must inform Enbridge process, says Cullen

A victory for the environment and due process Ottawa – Today’s rejection by the US government of the Keystone XL pipeline project is a victory for the environment and sends a clear signal to Stephen Harper that Enbridge must be vetted via a full and unfettered assessment process, says MP Nathan Cullen.

December 14th, 2011

Cullen says Conservatives have no strategy for environmental compliance, emergency response

Cullen asks how Enbridge pipeline can go through in light of Environment Commissioner findings

OTTAWA – The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development tabled his report yesterday, and findings were not good. Scott Vaughan pointed to major problems with compliance verification, enforcement and emergency response procedures.

December 14th, 2011

Cullen says Conservatives have no strategy for environmental compliance, emergency response

OTTAWA – The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development tabled his report yesterday, and findings were not good. Scott Vaughan pointed to major problems with compliance verification, enforcement and emergency response procedures.

December 9th, 2011

CULLEN SUPPORTS GITXSAN CHIEFS’ ACTION

HAZELTON –MP Nathan Cullen was in the riding this week to stand in solidarity with the Gitxsan people. The membership re-affirmed its opposition to Enbridge following last Friday’s surprise endorsement of the project by some Gitxsan negotiators.

December 6th, 2011

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 6, 2011

Cullen calls for communities to work together to end tragedies

OTTAWA – Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. December 6 has become a day to reflect on the many forms of violence that women experience across Canada, and a chance to take renewed action to stop it.

December 1st, 2011

Guns for criminals isn’t what law-abiding gun owners want: Cullen pushes for amendments

OTTAWA –Refusal of the Conservative-dominated Commons public safety committee to amend the government’s sledgehammer approach to abolishing the long-gun registry has created a bill that has “gone too far,” Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

December 1st, 2011

Guns for criminals isn’t what law-abiding gun owners want: Cullen pushes for amendments

Nathan Cullen pushes for amendments on a bill that has “gone too far”

OTTAWA – Refusal of the Conservative-dominated Commons public safety committee to amend the government’s sledgehammer approach to abolishing the long-gun registry has created a bill that has “gone too far,” Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

November 24th, 2011

Congratulations to Kathleen Ruff

On November 23, 2011, Kathleen Ruff of Smithers, BC, received the Rideau Institute Leadership Award in Ottawa. The award, first presented in 2010, is given to a person or group who has made “an outstanding contribution to a progressive vision of Canada.” Kathleen has been a consistently vocal and tireless advocate against asbestos. Nathan has had the privilege to work with Kathleen on this issue for years.

November 23rd, 2011

WHEAT BOARD ATTACK SHAMEFUL ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY

NDPStands with Canadian farmers as Conservatives push to dismantle institution.

OTTAWA – With today’s vote in the House of Commons, the Conservatives are one step closer to dismantling a critical and valued institution for Canadian farmers. “It is yet another example of this government acting against the best interests of Canadians,” said Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley).

September 9th, 2011

Don’t sell out ocean management to oil interests, Opposition says

SMITHERS/VANCOUVER – Official Opposition New Democrats today accused the Conservative government of sabotaging a comprehensive ocean management plan to protect the environment and economic needs of the Pacific North Coast. The political decision, based on pressure from large oil and gas corporations, will put the marine planning process – and the Pacific coast – at risk.

July 26th, 2011

Cullen: whole country behind Layton as leader battles new cancer

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he knows the thoughts and prayers of all Northwest residents are with Jack Layton as the Leader of the Official Opposition takes a temporary leave from his parliamentary duties to battle a second, recently diagnosed cancer.

July 19th, 2011

Conservatives must stop shilling for Enbridge Pipeline says Cullen

The Conservative’s support of Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway pipeline shows again how the government is out of touch with British Columbians and raises questions about whose interests they are serving, according to New Democrat Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

July 6th, 2011

High School students invited to Test Drive NWCC

Northwest Community College (NWCC) is excited to announce our new Test Drive NWCC event at the Terrace campus for grade 11 and 12 students and recent high school graduates on July 12-14, 2011.

June 24th, 2011

NDP stands strong against “shameful” postal legislation

The outcome of debate that began last night in Parliament to force Canada Post employees back to work has far-reaching implications for both workers’ rights and federal services across Canada, MP Nathan Cullen said during a brief break from the House of Commons this morning.

June 23rd, 2011

Nathan asks why the Government is interfering with collective bargaining rights

BACKGROUND: Following the decision of management at Canada Post to lockout workers, the Conservative Government immediately introduced ‘Back-to-Work’ legislation that infringed on the collective bargaining process and attacked workers’ rights – mandating wages that were actually lower than what management had offered.

June 23rd, 2011

Nathan asks why Canada wont join global consensus on Asbestos

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, former Conservative cabinet minister Chuck Strahl recently said that it was “logical and right” to list asbestos as dangerous.

June 22nd, 2011

Nathan introduces a petition calling for a ban on deadly asbestos exports

Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Madam Speaker, the last petition is quite timely. Today Canada shamefully took its place on the world stage refusing the consensus to list chrysotile asbestos as a dangerous substance in the international convention.

June 22nd, 2011

Doors open at revitalized NWCC Smithers Campus

SMITHERS – An official celebration to unveil the brand new Northwest Community College (NWCC) Smithers Campus will take place later this summer but the state-of-the-art facility is already open for business. The campus at 3966 2nd Avenue opened earlier this spring after an 18-month, two-phase renewal and expansion project.

June 14th, 2011

Harper must put lives before politics on asbestos: NDP

Asbestos is the greatest industrial killer the world has ever known and the Harper government must support international efforts in Switzerland next week to finally list the toxic material as a hazardous substance, MP and asbestos activist Nathan Cullen told reporters in Ottawa this morning.

June 8th, 2011

Nathan responds to the introduction of Federal Budget 2011-2012

Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): As it is my first time rising in the House, I wish to thank the good people of Skeena—Bulkley Valley in the northwest of British Columbia, an area a little larger than the country of Poland and stunning in its beauty and diversity. I am speaking not just about the natural environment, which is most impressive for any who have been to British Columbia, and people are most welcome at any time to the northwestern part of B.C. where residents know how to lay out a good table and roll out the invitation mat to all, but it is also a place diverse in its views, a place that has relied on the natural resources and wealth of our country to create economies generation after generation.

June 8th, 2011

NDP stands with majority of BC to ban tanker traffic off north coast

Legislation would protect ecosystem and economies of coastal communities

OTTAWA — NDP natural resources and oceans critics Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) and Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody) recognized World Oceans Day today by calling on the federal government to honor the wishes of British Columbians and immediately legislate an oil tanker ban off the North Coast.

May 27th, 2011

Hazelton hereditary chief receives Order of Canada

Today hazelton resident Earl Muldon recieved the country’s highest honour, being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Below is a bio from the event which took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

May 26th, 2011

Cullen keen to hold government to account as Ethics Chair

OTTAWA –

MP Nathan Cullen says he is pleased and excited to have been asked to stand for Chair of the House of Commons’ influential Ethics Committee.

May 18th, 2011

RCMP oversight reform for BC long overdue – feds must follow suit

A new civilian investigative body to oversee RCMPand municipal police conduct in BC is welcome news, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, but more must be done to restore public trust in the national force.

March 14th, 2011

Cullen: port agreements with First Nations “the way we do business”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 14, 2011

PRINCE RUPERT –

Agreements announced today between First Nations and Ottawa to expand the Port of Prince Rupert reflect the beliefs and practices of the Northwest regarding economic development, said MP Nathan Cullen.

March 13th, 2011

86% of those answering phone joined telephone town hall

SMITHERS – An “outstanding” 86% of the 9,415 calls answered live at last week’s first-ever Skeena-Bulkley Valley telephone town hall chose to join the event.

March 10th, 2011

Cullen applauds Quebec union for taking stand against deadly asbestos

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC Mr. Speaker, along with the NDPand Canadian doctors, now the Confédération des syndicats nationaux also opposes the mining and export of asbestos. Unfortunately, the Conservatives and the Bloc continue to support this industry for the worst political reasons. The asbestos industry is ruining Quebec’s and Canada’s reputation around the globe. It is time to create a transition plan for the workers in the region.

March 4th, 2011

Cullen raises Point Henry concerns to Head of Coast Guard

OTTAWA –

Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) has taken concerns about the decommissioning of the Point Henry Coast Guard vessel to the very top of the chain. Yesterday he met with Marc Grégoir, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, to raise concerns from coastal residents about the Search and Rescue capabilities of the proposed replacement boat.

March 2nd, 2011

Enbridge and British Columbians clash in Parliament

OTTAWA – Enbridge claims that opposition to their pipeline is small and isolated, but the voice of British Columbians was heard loud and clear today when New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) presented the first of many petitions signed by hundreds opposed to tanker traffic of BC’s North Coast.

March 2nd, 2011

Nathan asks why the government is cutting funding for green energy

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the minister is entitled to his opinion but not his own facts.

March 2nd, 2011

Nathan presents petitions from Prince Rupert students calling for tanker ban

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is one that should encourage all of us. It was put together by Emily and Hannah Rudderham from Prince Rupert and Charles Hays secondary schools. They collected more than 150 signatures from young people in their school calling upon the government to respect the will and wishes of the people of British Columbia.

February 28th, 2011

Canada’s First Non-Profit Community Ski Co-operative?

A newly minted non-profit community co-operative, My Mountain Co-op, is trying to buy Shames Mountain Ski Area near Terrace, BC for $2 Million. By April 30, 2011. Ambitious? Yes. But how co-ops strengthen and bind the social fabric of community are well-recognized mainstays of the co-operative movement.

February 24th, 2011

Henry family of Kitsumkalum donates to NWCC’s Waap Galts’ap

TERRACE – Members of the Henry family of Kitsumkalum have made a generous donation of $5,000 towards the Waap Galts’ap longhouse on Northwest Community College’s Terrace Campus. Fourteen members of the Henry family were present for the College’s Board of Governors meeting Feb. 18, where their donation toward the project was recognized.

February 22nd, 2011

Lobbying no substitute for sustainable mine design: Cullen

MP Nathan Cullen says that on the heels of the Prime Minister’s commitment yesterday to uphold Ottawa’s recent rejection of Prosperity Mine, British Columbia politicians must accept that political lobbying cannot overturn the findings of environmental assessments.

February 14th, 2011

Prince Rupert Port Authority and Coast Tsimshian working towards cultural pavillion

The Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Chiefs of the Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla bands announced today plans that could see a cultural pavilion constructed on the Prince Rupert waterfront

February 9th, 2011

Nathan demands that Minister not downsize Coast Guard Search and Rescue

Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives’ reckless plan for Coast Guard vessels is putting the people of B.C.‘s coast at serious risk. Their plan to replace the Point Henry from Prince Rupert and the Point Race from Campbell River with so-called motor lifeboats must be thrown overboard.

February 1st, 2011

Newest NWCC trades programs for women

For the first time ever, Northwest Community College (NWCC) will offer two trades programs for women at its Terrace Campus.

January 28th, 2011

Donaldson made critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

(HAZELTON, BC) – This week in Victoria, Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson was appointed to a new Official Opposition critic area by interim leader Dawn Black. Donaldson is now the critic for energy, mines and petroleum resources while retaining his previous deputy critic role in finance and public accounts.

January 27th, 2011

Cullen takes economic tour to Burns Lake and Fort St. James

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen takes his third annual economic tour of the riding to Burns Lake and Fort St. James next week.

January 27th, 2011

Cullen takes economic tour to Burns Lake and Fort St. James

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen takes his third annual economic tour of the riding to Burns Lake and Fort St. James next week.

January 18th, 2011

Cullen pleased Federal Government finally acts to restrict toxic toys

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 18, 2011

Regulatory changes follow bill first introduced by Cullen in 2006

SMITHERS – Children in Canada will soon be safer with the announcement today that Health Canada, acting on recommendations by Skeena Bulkley-Valley MP Nathan Cullen, will restrict toxic phthalates in the manufacture of toys.

January 17th, 2011

Cullen elects to remain in federal politics

SMITHERS – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen announced today that he will not enter the leadership race for the BC NDP.

January 12th, 2011

Cullen, Coons question Coast Guard commitment to safety

PRINCE RUPERT –

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen and North Coast MLA Gary Coons are calling on Ottawa not to downsize the North Coast’s primary search and rescue vessel, the Point Henry.

January 10th, 2011

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.

January 7th, 2011

Conservative forestry plan fails communities

SMITHERS –Yesterday, Conservative MPs fanned out across the country to trumpet federal investments in several mills, even as the government continues to ignore the ongoing crisis in the forest industry.

January 1st, 2011

News test

December 21st, 2010

Senate call for staffed lighthouses must be heeded

SMITHERS – Today’s Senate committee recommendation to halt the destaffing of Canada’s lighthouses echoes the cry of thousands of Canadians and must be heeded, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

December 15th, 2010

Cullen introduces bill calling for Tax Fairness for Haida Gwaii

Nathan Cullen Skeena—Bulkley Valley, BC moved for leave to introduce Bill C-611, An Act regarding the inclusion of Haida Gwaii as a prescribed northern zone under the Income Tax Act.

December 7th, 2010

Victory for BC: NDP tanker motion passes in Parliament

OTTAWA – British Columbia is one step closer to having a full legislated ban on supertankers off its north and central coasts after a motion introduced by MP Nathan Cullen received the support of Parliament just minutes ago.

December 2nd, 2010

Cullen motion seeks to protect northern waters from catastrophic oil spills

OTTAWA —Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen introduced a motion in Parliament this morning calling for an immediate ban on oil supertankers in the hazardous waters off British Columbia’s sensitive northern coast.

December 2nd, 2010

Nathan moves to protect the BC North Coast from oil supertankers

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP) moved:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should immediately propose legislation to ban bulk oil tanker traffic in the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound as a way to protect the West Coast’s unique and diverse ocean ecosystem, to preserve the marine resources which sustain the community and regional economies of British Columbia, and to honour the extensive First Nations rights and title in the area.

November 25th, 2010

Stop Billion Dollar Giveaways to Oil and Gas: Cullen and Layton

–With UN climate change talks beginning in Cancun next week, New Democrat Leader Jack Layton joined Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) in saying the Conservative government needs to finally get serious about fighting climate change. To start, the government can honour their G20 promise to stop subsidizing profitable oil and gas companies.

November 17th, 2010

Nathan condemns the undemocratic Senate for killing Climate Change Accountability Act

The Conservative dominated Senate voted last night to kill Bill C-311 – The Climate Change Accountability Act, without studying it at committee or even debating the bill for one minute. This terribly undemocratic move is the first time since before WWIIthat the Senate has killed a bill that was passed by the elected members of the House of Commons without even discussing it. The bill would have forced the government to set clear and science-based targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada – something that is long overdue.

November 17th, 2010

Nathan on chronyism and corruption in the Senate

Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, NDP): I use the word “democratic” very specifically because all the discussion we are having here today in this democratic institution, in this House of Commons, is about some sort of historical relic, and that is what the Prime Minister used to call the Senate, an historical relic, in which being friends with the prime minister of the day is enough to get a person a job that does not end until that person is 75, which has no accountability whatsoever, no constituency at all, and uses up to $90 million a year of taxpayer money, for what purpose?

November 5th, 2010

Cullen represents Layton at veterans protest in Ottawa tomorrow

MP Nathan Cullen will join thousands of Canadian veterans expected to turn out to events across the country tomorrow to oppose recent changes to soldiers’ injury compensation and pension plans.

November 5th, 2010

Nathan asks what part of No to Enbridge the Government doesn’t understand

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, after leaking millions of barrels of oil into Michigan’s rivers, Enbridge is still planning to build a pipeline across northwest B.C. to carry raw bitumen to China.

November 4th, 2010

Nathan on foreign investment vs foreign takeovers

Nathan spoke to a New Democrat motion calling for greater transparency and accountability in the review of foreign takeovers. The process so far has no clear rules and has repeatedly failed to protect the public from job losses. Just one day earlier, in a surprise move, the Federal Government blocked the takeover of Potash Corp by Australian company BHP Billiton – but problems with the process remain serious.

November 4th, 2010

Nathan asks why Minister won’t review rules for risky oil and gas projects

Nathan asked the Minister of Natural Resources about his duty to follow the will of the House of Commons which voted last spring for a complete review of all laws and regulations relating to unconventional oil and gas development including shale gas, tar sands, and offshore drilling. The Government has been avoiding its responsibility even though it voted in favour of the motion. The following question arose from committee hearings where the head of the National Energy Board confirmed that no review of the scope required is being done in spite of what the Minister has previously said. The Minister once again avoided the question

November 3rd, 2010

Nathan congratulates the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. This is a group that every year chooses 70 outstanding teachers from across the country. They are chosen for their intelligence, passion and dedication to our democratic system.

October 29th, 2010

Tribute to a great man: Charles Callbreath

“It was with immense sadness that I heard from my friend Judy Thompson this week of the passing of her grandfather, Charles Callbreath, a great man who lived his long and eventful life to the fullest.

October 25th, 2010

Nathan on corporate tax cuts and the need for economic recovery

Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley)The government’s philosophy speaks to a basic sentiment that we can cut our way to prosperity. As any sound businessperson would tell us, if a corporation is in any kind of trouble, one of the temptations is to cut its way to such a small, lean point that prosperity will return. However, the evidence in the corporate cycle shows us that is not true, that true investment is the way to attain, or re-attain in some cases, wealth generation prosperity.

October 20th, 2010

Cullen calls for overdue Bella Coola flood infrastructure

The devastating flooding that has pounded the Bella Coola Valley for several weeks could have been mitigated had the federal government heeded repeated calls from the region for flood control, MP Nathan Cullen said today.

October 20th, 2010

Nathan grills the government on failure to control Tar Sands pollution

Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley): Mr. Speaker, a report out today confirms what New Democrats have been telling the current government for years: the Conservatives are ignoring their responsibility to control pollution in the tar sands.

October 20th, 2010

Nathan on Mining exploration and protocol in the Northwest

Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley): For the mining sector, which is now undergoing a renewal in my part of the world, exploration rates are through the roof, and companies are spending more and more money seeking out those minerals. We have seen an evolution from within the mining sector itself, brought about by companies that 50 years ago maybe did not do such a great job. They left behind mines that polluted, and they treated the local first nation population with disrespect, not hiring locally as much as they should have. These companies are now signing protocol agreements with first nations. They are co-operating in revenue-sharing streams, giving guarantees of local hiring, and adopting environmental standards that go far beyond the the weak and watered-down regulations that the government has provided. These companies have come to realize that the social licence to operate is critical.

October 20th, 2010

Nathan on the proposed Canada - Panama Free Trade Deal

Nathan Cullen (Skeena- Bulkley Valley): We have a government in office that is interested in any trade deal, as opposed to a good one. It crows over the number of deals it has made or has in progress. However, I would suggest that a bad deal is worse than no deal at all. This can be true for both sides.

October 20th, 2010

Nathan on need for local fish processing

Nathan on need for local fish processing

Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley): We have come to a strange and unusual moment in the international trading market. Prince Rupert, British Columbia, for example, has been the hub of fish processing for many decades. But now we are seeing job after job lost. Fish caught in British Columbia waters are put in freezer trucks, transported on highways to another port, put on freezer ships to China, processed there, then put back on a ship and sent back to us, to be sold at 15 or 20 times the original value. Somehow, the government says this is the rational market at work. It says this is the way things ought to be: a fish steak eaten in Prince Rupert and caught 50 kilometres away goes around the world to get back to our plate. It is a kind of insanity, and it leads us to a degraded, unsustainable world. The local impacts are significant and serious.

October 20th, 2010

Government Must Take Responsibility for Tar Sands Pollution

OTTAWA – New Democrats welcomed the release today of a new report criticizing the federal government’s inaction on regulating Alberta tar sands development.

October 14th, 2010

Federal Government must regulate shale gas drilling

– A major report on shale gas drilling released today clearly shows the Federal Government has been asleep at the switch on regulating risky oil and gas projects said New Democrat Natural Resources and Energy Critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley).

October 7th, 2010

Cullen endorses call for question period clean-up

MPs voted 235-44 last night to clean up unruly behaviour during daily question period, almost four years after a Canada-wide program launched by Smithers high school students took politicians to task for their poor manners.

October 1st, 2010

MPs welcome UBCM opposition to oil tankers, Enbridge pipeline

Municipal leaders from across the province voted thumbs down today against the dirty energy production that Enbridge wants to bring to BC, say NDPMPs Nathan Cullen (Natural Resources critic) and Fin Donnelly (Fisheries and Oceans critic).

September 28th, 2010

Introducing the winning 2010 Create Your Canada bills for safer ski hills and a more caring Canada

Nathan Cullen (Skeena- Bulkley Valley)moved for leave to introduce Bill C-562, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (Head Smart ski and snowboard facilities).

September 27th, 2010

Will the Minister protect our lakes and rivers from radioactive waste?

Nathan Cullen (Skeena – Bulkley Valley):Mr. Speaker, the current government is now considering a plan to allow the shipping of 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste across the Great Lakes along the St. Lawrence Seaway. This dangerous plan will threaten our environment with the catastrophic nuclear contamination of our largest waterway. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission tried to get this through under the radar with no debate and no consultation. This plan will put more than 50 million people at risk. An accident under this plan could be Canada’s Chernobyl.

September 22nd, 2010

Gun registry needs a serious overhaul

Shooting themselves in the foot

It’s been a busy summer for people with an opinion about the long gun registry in Canada. I have received hundreds of emails, phone calls, letters and faxes from folks right across the country. Here in the Northwest, people have been stopping me at farmers’ markets, fall fairs, on the street and in the coffee shops to tell me what they think and what I should do in today’s vote.

September 20th, 2010

Nathan raises concerns about draconian ‘anti-terror’ measures

Bill C-17 proposes to reinstitute some of the most severe components of Anti-Terrorism legislation that was introduced in Canada following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The bill would allow ‘preventative arrest’ without charges and possible imprisonment for up to 12 months of individuals that have not been charged with any crime

September 16th, 2010

BRINGING OUR ANCESTORS HOME – NISGA’A PROCLAMATION COMPLETED

Tears flowed without restraint in Greenville yesterday. Deep echoing cries howled deep into the past. Eruptions of cheers from the hundreds gathered. Sobbing came from places, in the gathered elder’s hearts, previously hidden. Yesterday, September 15, 2010, the Nation of Canada and the Province of British Columbia took some very tangible steps to make amends to the great grief and hardship imposed on the Nisga’a people; they returned two transport truckloads of sacred artifacts of the Nisga’a Ancestors.

September 15th, 2010

Northwest student wins National Aboriginal Student Award

Trisha Stevens, originally from Gingolx, has been named as one of 10 recipients of the 2010 RBC Aboriginal Student Awards to help with post secondary expenses.

September 13th, 2010

Kyahwood Mill Near Moricetown Re-opens

The Kyahwood Sawmill in Moricetown resumed operations on Friday, after nearly two years of inactivity, putting about 35 people back to work

September 10th, 2010

GROUND-BREAKING NEWS! TERRACE BIOCOAL PRODUCTION FACILITY

Global Bio-Coal Energy Inc of Vancouver, BC, announced today their intention to construct and operate a biocoal production facility in Terrace, BC. The 25-tonne-per-hour facility, the first of its kind in the world, will take wood waste and convert it into a coal-like product to serve the European energy markets.

September 9th, 2010

Canadian Olympic champion Huynh wins bronze at world wrestling championships

MOSCOW — Olympic champion Carol Huynh of Hazelton, B.C., came from behind to capture a bronze medal in the women’s 48-kilogram division at the world wrestling championships Wednesday.

September 6th, 2010

Statement by MP Nathan Cullen on Labour Day 2010

Today is Labour Day, a day when people all over the world pause a moment in their busy lives to recognize the contributions of workers to society and trade unions to our communities and countries.

September 1st, 2010

Sustainable Development Technology Canada Announces Call for Clean Technology Funding Applications

Ottawa, Ontario, September 1, 2010 – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) today announced its 18th round of funding for Canadian clean technology demonstration projects. Canadian entrepreneurs and technology developers with new technologies and a compelling business case are encouraged to submit Statements of Interests to the SD Tech Fund™ from September 1 to October 20th, 2010.

August 31st, 2010

Enbridge “too much risk for their profits,” Cullen tells lively rally

KITIMAT – Too much risk for too little local benefit, a dismal track record of spills and broken promises, strong First Nations’ opposition and a flawed and biased review process are all reasons why the Enbridge pipeline should not proceed, MP Nathan Cullen told a lively crowd of over 250 at a rally here today.

August 27th, 2010

Offshore Drilling in New Beluga Park Shows Broken System

OTTAWA – Yesterday, Mr. Harper announced the creation of a new Marine Protected Area in the Beaufort Sea but failed to mention that the government plans to allow offshore oil drilling within it.

August 13th, 2010

Cullen Twins named

SMITHERS – Nathan and Diana Cullen are proud to introduce their sons, Isaac Donald Cullen and Elliot D’Arcy Cullen.

August 7th, 2010

Nathan and Diana Cullen overjoyed new parents of two new sons

TERRACE – The population of Skeena-Bulkley Valley grew by two this morning, as first-time parents Nathan and Diana Cullen joyfully welcomed newborn twins into their family. Diana Cullen safely delivered 7 pounds 11 ounces and 5 and half pound sons in Mills Memorial Hospital with ecstatic new dad Nathan at her side.

August 5th, 2010

Joint Review Panel for Enbridge seeks public comment

Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project Requests Comments from the Public

CALGARY – The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) conducting the review of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project has issued a Procedural Direction, asking people interested in the project to comment on specific issues related to the application and the hearing process.

July 28th, 2010

Enbridge pipeline spill raises doubts about safety promises to BC

Northern Gateway Pipeline would bring risks to BC lakes and rivers

TERRACE – As the Governor of Michigan declares a state of disaster due to a three million-litre oil spill from an Enbridge Pipeline near Kalamazoo, the company still expects British Columbians to accept its assurances that a much bigger planned pipeline from Alberta to Kitimat, BC would be safe.

July 9th, 2010

Governor General witnesses unveiling of totem pole carved by Freda Diesing School

TERRACE – A totem pole designed and carved by instructors and graduates of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art was unveiled Sunday, July 4 in Chengdu, China in a ceremony presided over by a Canadian delegation that included Her Excellency the Right Honourable Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean and Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit.

July 8th, 2010

Government must not override environmental protections, says Cullen

SMITHERS

– As Taseko Mines Ltd tries to brush aside the ruling of a federal review panel that found a proposed mine at Fish Lake would cause “significant adverse environmental effects,” New Democrats are calling on the Harper Government to stop undermining the environmental review system by putting industry interests first.

July 6th, 2010

Layton challenges Harper to ensure oil exploration is safe

OTTAWA – New Democrat Leader Jack Layton is calling on Prime Minister Harper not to break his promise for a full and complete review into the safety of Canada’s unconventional oil and gas sector. As oil reserves become more remote and difficult to bring to market, much of the technology and techniques used are unproven and experimental.

June 30th, 2010

Statement by Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen on Canada Day 2010

“Tomorrow, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will honour and celebrate our great country.

Here in the Northwest, we are daily reminded of the rugged beauty and strength of spirit that define Canada. Our rich ecosystems and extraordinary communities make Skeena-Bulkley Valley an incredible piece of the planet and I am so proud to be your Member of Parliament.

June 21st, 2010

Statement by Nathan Cullen on National Aboriginal Day

“Today, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples join with Canadians from coast to coast to coast to celebrate National Aboriginal Day. This special day, also the first day of summer, recognizes the diverse cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to our country and world.

June 18th, 2010

Cullen stands firm in resolve to repeal gun registry

OTTAWA —

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said this week’s decision to delay until September a critical vote to drop a proposed bill to kill the controversial long-gun registry is disappointing but won’t alter his commitment to strongly oppose the costly, ineffective program.

June 14th, 2010

New Democrats ask Government to get serious on RCMP oversight

OTTAWA— New Democrat Public Safety Critic Don Davies (Vancouver-Kingsway) and Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) say changes to RCMP oversight announced today by the government lack key powers and fail to close known gaps in the current system.

June 10th, 2010

William Shatner Speaks out for Wild Salmon!

“Quick Scotty…beam them salmon up!”

Or so says iconic Canadian actor William Shatner today as he announced his support for a private member’s bill to end “open penned” fish farming on the rugged coastline of British Columbia. New Westminister NDP MP Finn Donnelly is introducing a bill in Parliament that will hopefully see the fish pens taken from the bays and inlets and put into tanks on dry land.

June 7th, 2010

Nathan celebrates the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, it is my sincere pleasure today to rise and support enthusiastically the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area and Haida Heritage Site. We seek to expedite this work with all members of Parliament.

June 4th, 2010

TERRACE GOES GREEN WITH SOLAR TO GRID PANELS & ELECTRIC CAR

While moderating an Enbridge Panel at the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) meeting in Smithers a month ago, Terrace Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Ron Poole had a chance encounter with Bob Gammer, BC Hydro’s Community Relations Manager. Gammer asked Poole if he wanted a brand new electric car.

June 3rd, 2010

Conservatives Must Stop Ignoring British Columbians

OTTAWA—In direct contradiction with the will of British Columbians, the Harper government refuses to make the North Coast oil tanker moratorium law.

June 2nd, 2010

New Democrats Motion Calls on Government to Review Unconventional Oil Regulations

OTTAWA– Today, New Democrats are celebrating the unanimous passage of their Opposition Day motion on the risks of unconventional oil and gas exploration.

June 1st, 2010

Deaths in Custody Prove Police Shouldn’t Police themselves say NDP

DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROVE POLICE SHOULDN’T POLICE THEMSELVES SAY NDP

OTTAWA – The deaths of Whitehorse residents Raymond Silverfox and Robert Stone are fuelling calls for changes to how the national police force investigates potential wrongdoing by its members. Both died needlessly while either in jail or just after being detained by the RCMP.

May 28th, 2010

Cullen Calls on Enbridge to Listen to British Columbians

SAANICH – On the same day a poll was released showing that 80 percent of British Columbians oppose oil tanker traffic in their waters, Enbridge filed plans for a 1,172km crude oil pipeline across the province that would bring supertankers to the BC coast.

May 26th, 2010

Government of Canada Invests in Kitimat’s Alcan Anderson Creek Shooting Club

Kitimat, B.C. – The Alcan Anderson Creek Shooting Club is redeveloping Kitimat’s municipal shooting range, thanks to the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, a major job-creating investment from Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

May 25th, 2010

Cullen Asks the Minister Why Offshore Drilling is Exempted from Environmental Assessments

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Americans are rightly outraged that British Petroleum was given a pass on the standard environmental assessments in the gulf. When a government is too close to the oil lobby, rules get watered down, major tragedies occur and communities are the ones on the hook. In Canada this exception is now the rule. We all know that since 2005, offshore oil companies have not been subjected to a full environmental assessment.

May 20th, 2010

Federal Government calls Enbridge project into question

SMITHERS – The battle to extend the oil tanker moratorium off British Columbia’s coast took an unexpected turn last week when the federal government said that “a tanker exclusion zone in British Columbia” would be maintained. New Democrats are demanding clarification and a commitment to extending the existing moratorium on tanker traffic.

May 13th, 2010

Cullen slams oil companies and NEB for leaving Canada at risk

OTTAWA – When New Democrats called the National Energy Board and British Petroleum before committee, MPs expected to get some answers about the protections in place to prevent oil disasters in Canada. Instead, they got obfuscation.

May 12th, 2010

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC

About Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)

LIRN can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. You can select the topic of the event from the choices below and tell us why this is important in the spaces provided. LIRN does not provide direct funding or cash. The support offered by LIRN generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event.

May 7th, 2010

Municipal leaders say feds ignoring sustainable development

SMITHERS– Representatives from several northwest communities this morning told Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen that the federal government is “moving in the wrong direction” on economic development projects in the area.

May 6th, 2010

Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw Joins the NCLGA

Smithers, BC – History was made when the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) welcomed the Nisga’a Village of Gitwinksihlkw as its newest member today at their Annual General Meeting and Convention in Smithers. The theme of the conference this year is “Dawn of a New Day”, reflecting the change of name over the last year and the inclusion of their very first-ever Aboriginal community member.

May 6th, 2010

Offshore drilling safeguards inadequate, warns energy critic Cullen

OTTAWA – The Conservatives’ ongoing deregulation and their blind faith in promises from friends in the oil industry are placing Canadian waters increasingly at risk of a disaster on the scale of what we see today in the Gulf of Mexico, says NDP Energy Critic Nathan Cullen.

May 4th, 2010

Cullen calls for urgent hearings on offshore drilling

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen, NDP National Critic for Natural Resources and Energy, today called for immediate hearings into regulations for offshore oil rigs in Canada.

May 3rd, 2010

Support Economic Renewal, Not Subsidies to Destructive Industries

Nathan rose in the House today to report on the progress of Renewal Northwest and call on government to support communities in their effort to build a sustainable economic future.

May 3rd, 2010

Nathan calls for an Emergency Debate on Offshore Oil & Gas

Following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, and the resulting spill, Canadians have questions about the safety and environmental protections for offshore drilling. Nathan rose in the House today to call for an emergency debate in the House of Comons.

April 27th, 2010

Cullen applauds document-release order as “win for democracy”

OTTAWA – Today’s ruling by Speaker Peter Milliken that the federal government breached parliamentary privilege with its refusal to produce uncensored documents regarding Afghan detainees sets an important precedent and confirms the powers of Parliament, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

April 27th, 2010

Nathan asks Why Federal Regulators are Looking at Loosening Drilling Protections

Oil and Gas Industry

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, since the Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire and sank within sight of Louisiana, 160,000 litres of crude oil is being spilled directly into the Gulf of Mexico each and every day. British Petroleum is now desperately trying to drill a relief well to contain this unmitigated disaster. These same oil companies are now asking Canada’s National Energy Board to exempt them from having to do the exact same thing in Canada, drill relief wells for their increasingly risky oil drilling in the Arctic.

April 23rd, 2010

Washington meetings good start to cross-border cooperation

OTTAWA– Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said his trip to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with US lawmakers has given him a good start to a working relationship with his Alaskan counterparts and an understanding of a critical American energy bill and its impacts on Northwest BC and Canada.

April 21st, 2010

Northern Development and BDC join forces to bolster capital in central and northern BC

Prince George BC, April 21, 2010 – The Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) have signed an agreement to help central and northern BC’s manufacturing businesses and suppliers access up to $200 million in incremental capital over the next decade to grow in today’s global marketplace.

April 19th, 2010

Cullen to talk energy, carbon and fish in US capital

OTTAWA– Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen is travelling to Washington, D.C. today for meetings with US lawmakers on the proposed Alaska-BC energy corridor, North Coast fisheries, and a North American approach to climate change and carbon markets.

April 16th, 2010

Cullen challenges Conservatives on raw oil exports, forces commitment

OTTAWA –

Under intense pressure this week from Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, the federal government has promised to block the export of raw oil for processing in countries with lower environmental standards.

April 15th, 2010

Nathan Questions Raw Tar Sands Exports, Demands PM Lives Up to Campaign Promise

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister’s decision to export raw bitumen means that this government will be exporting our jobs to other countries. Jobs in the refining industry are at risk throughout Canada. This decision also puts our energy security in jeopardy.

March 31st, 2010

Conservatives ignore emergency debate, cut aboriginal healing money

OTTAWA – Funding will end today for a program the government acknowledges to be “excellent” in assisting survivors of residential school trauma, despite an emotional six-hour emergency debate in Parliament last night called by the NDP.

March 31st, 2010

Nathan joins Emergency Debate on funding for Aboriginal Healing Foundation

On Tuesday March 30, 2010 New Democrats called for an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the government’s decision to cancel funding to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. This national program has funded 134 projects throughout Canada to assist residential school survivors cope with and recover from the trauma experienced. Last year, the Prime Minister finally issued an apology to residential school survivors but the decision to cancel funding to the AHF shows a lack of commitment to follow through

March 30th, 2010

Seventh Annual BC Community Achievement Awards

The Seventh annual BC Community Achievement Awards were recently announced and four of these noteworthy individuals are from the Skeena-Bulkley Valley.

March 24th, 2010

Ottawa Must Act Now to Stop Another Valdez

21 years since Valdez spill Harper is moving to have Tankers off BC

OTTAWA – On March 24, 1989 at 12:04 am the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef causing one of the most devastating environmental disasters in North American history. Now, 21 years later, the Conservative government is pushing to start having oil tankers off the sensitive coast of British Columbia.

March 23rd, 2010

Corporate welfare for asbestos continues

OTTAWA – New Democrat MPs Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) and Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) are dismayed the other Opposition parties failed to join New Democrats today in opposing more funding for the Chrysotile Institute, a taxpayer-supported industry lobby group that defends asbestos through phony science and aggressive lobbying.

March 18th, 2010

Restored Internet access proof public purse can’t be pilfered

TERRACE –

The federal government’s rapid reversal of its unpopular decision to eliminate Internet access funding for rural Canadians is evidence people won’t tolerate pilfering of the public purse, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

March 9th, 2010

Cullen Congratulates Prince Rupert on 100th Birthday

Cullen Congratulates Prince Rupert on 100th Birthday Looks forward to next 100 years of success for the city and region

March 8th, 2010

Statement by MP Nathan Cullen on International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day in Canada. It is a time to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions to our communities, our country, and our world. Throughout this International Women’s Week, we reflect not only on advances gained but also those that remain to be won.

March 5th, 2010

Budget priorities out of step with Canadians

OTTAWA

– People throughout the Northwest who are working to recover from the recession got little help from yesterday’s budget, while banks and oil companies were awarded massive tax cuts on their already record profits.

February 10th, 2010

Innovative Community Capacity Building Awards

We would like to join in congratulating recipients of the north region’s Innovative Community Capacity Building Award.

February 8th, 2010

Smithers students win Drama Zones

Congratulations to Smithers Secondary School for its unprecedented zone accomplishment of winning two consecutive opportunities to represent the northern zone at the High School Provincial Drama Festival taking place in Vancouver this year in May. Eleven zone plays were presented in Kitimat this past weekend and Smithers won six of the eleven awards including best production of Words, Words, Words which provided the school with the honour of presenting this play at Provincials.

February 5th, 2010

Cullen confident Layton will kick cancer

BURNS LAKE – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said it was difficult to learn of NDPLeader Jack Layton’s battle with prostate cancer but added he has no doubt Layton will beat the disease.

February 5th, 2010

Terrace Digs Deep for Haiti : Fundraising event tops $12,000

In a year when the Northwest has been battered by challenging economic conditions, communities are still ready to reach deep and help others in need.

January 28th, 2010

Nathan and Diana Cullen thrilled to be expecting twins

SMITHERS –

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen and his wife Diana Cullen are thrilled to announce they are expecting twins this summer.

January 25th, 2010

Cullen welcomes $485K in recreational funds to riding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 25, 2010 From the Office of Nathan Cullen

OTTAWA – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen today welcomed federal funding announcements of close to a half-million dollars for recreational projects in the Smithers and Hazelton areas.

January 22nd, 2010

Cullen kicks off second riding-wide economic tour

SMITHERS – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen will launch his second annual tour on the economy at the end of the month, starting Jan. 31 in Terrace and wrapping up 10 communities later in Haida Gwaii on Feb. 16.

January 22nd, 2010

Cullen seeks urgent meeting on Eurocan

OTTAWA – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen has asked for an urgent meeting with the new Minister of Natural Resources to discuss Eurocan, as well as a commitment of federal funds to ensure Eurocan’s $33M Pulp and Paper $33M Pulp and Paper Black Liquor Tax Subsidy isn’t lost locally.

January 21st, 2010

Cullen Seeks Support for RCMP Oversight Bill

CULLEN SEEKS SUPPORT FOR RCMP OVERSIGHT BILL

OTTAWA- Today, New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena- Bulkley Valley) will join some of the world’s leading experts on police accountability in Vancouver to discuss the serious problem of deaths in custody and what can be done about it.

January 21st, 2010

Harper Government Must Stop Avoiding Environmental Responsibility

HARPER GOVERNMENT MUST STOP AVOIDING ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

OTTAWA- While the Harper Conservatives may be temporarily able to hide from Parliament, they can no longer sidestep environmental laws to protect venerable ecosystems from industrial projects.

January 5th, 2010

Cullen slams parliamentary ‘lockout’ as undemocratic

SMITHERS – Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his MPs should be heading back to work this week along with millions of other Canadians, not kicking back after shutting down Parliament for the second time in 12 months, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

January 5th, 2010

Legislation Killed by Prorogation

Prorogation doesn’t just slam the door on democratic accountability. It is also a extremely wasteful. The process of making laws is very long and complex. Members of Parliament have spent hours studying, debating and amending legislation during the past session. Now, because of Harper’s decision to prorogue, 36 bills are dead and all the work of Members of Parliaments from all parties is thrown out.

December 17th, 2009

Cullen seeks action after Shea’s Rupert visit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 17, 2009

An open letter to federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea

PRINCE RUPERT – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen wants to know what federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea learned during her brief visit here on Monday, and what she will do to help avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2009 North Coast fishing season.

December 10th, 2009

Cullen repeats calls for fishermen aid ahead of Shea visit

OTTAWA – Fisheries Minister Gail Shea’s scheduled visit to Prince Rupert on Monday is a prime opportunity for the federal government to witness first-hand the crisis facing coastal fishermen and their families, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

December 8th, 2009

The Federal Fight Against the HST

The Conservative Government is currently trying to force through the federal legislation that will help to create the HST. They are doing their best to cram it through Parliament with no hearings or debate and trying to pretend that it wasnt their idea in the first place. Nevertheless, Nathan is working with his New Democrat colleagues to let the government know that the people of British Collumbia and Ontario don’t want this tax.

December 7th, 2009

Cullen tries to block unpopular HST in Parliament

OTTAWA – Calling the HST “the worst tax at the worst possible time for British Columbia and Ontario,” Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament today to try to block Conservative efforts to rush the HSTthrough without public input.

December 6th, 2009

Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

Statement from Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen on the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, read at a number of vigils around the constituency today.

November 27th, 2009

Goodbye to Nelson Leeson; an Extraordinary Leader and Visionary

BRITISH COLUMBIA

– Comment from Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen on the passing of Nelson Leeson.

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Nelson Leeson, President of the Nisga’a Lisims Government.

November 27th, 2009

Weston must bring good news to Rupert tomorrow

PRINCE RUPERT – West Vancouver Conservative MP John Weston’s scheduled infrastructure announcement in Prince Rupert tomorrow must contain serious proposals to improve crippled North Coast fisheries, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

November 27th, 2009

Cullen fights removal of Canada Post recycling bins

OTTAWA – A recent national policy by Canada Post to remove recycling bins from its postal lobbies across the country has residents of the Northwest outraged, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

November 19th, 2009

RCMP Civilian Oversight Act Gathers Momentum

RCMP Civilian Oversight Act Gathers Momentum

The Civilian Oversight Act (Bill C-472) was introduced in the House of Commons by Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen. It would create a professional and fully independent civilian investigative service to conduct all investigations involving the death or serious injury of a civilian while in RCMP custody. This would put a stop to the current practice of police investigating police and create a true system of oversight that will restore the public confidence in the force.

November 10th, 2009

MP, MLA applaud Klemtu terminal funding as good for whole coast

OTTAWA/PRINCE RUPERT –

Today’s $25 million joint federal/provincial funding announcement to build a new ferry terminal at Klemtu will bring both economic and basic lifestyle benefits to the Kitasoo, say Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen and North Coast MLA Gary Coons.

November 9th, 2009

Cullen introduces bill to improve RCMP oversight

OTTAWA – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he hopes his Private Members’ Bill that he introduced into Parliament this morning will help restore diminishing public trust in the RCMP.

November 6th, 2009

Cullen says it’s time to stop dividing country over guns

OTTAWA – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today that he hopes Wednesday’s vote in Parliament to abolish the federal long-gun registry will shift Canadians’ focus to meaningful crime reduction programs.

October 30th, 2009

Statement on Renewal Northwest

From the House

OCTOBER 30, 2009

Statement on Renewal Northwest

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP): Mr. Speaker, recently a gathering of progressive leaders met in northwestern British Columbia under a program we launched called Renewal Northwest to talk about a future economy, a greener economy, for the people of our region.

October 30th, 2009

Cullen slams $30M federal subsidy to mothballed Eurocan

OTTAWA – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen demanded an explanation in Parliament today for why West Fraser Timber is still eligible to receive a $30 million federal subsidy for its Eurocan mill that will be mothballed in January.

October 29th, 2009

Cullen confident Kitimat will rebound from Eurocan crisis

OTTAWA – West Fraser’s announcement yesterday that it is permanently shutting down its Eurocan operation in Kitimat is undeniably devastating news but both the community and region will weather this latest economic storm, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

October 28th, 2009

Cullen: DFO plan to round up 40,000 escaped fish “irresponsible”

OTTAWA – Protection of West Coast salmon again took centre stage in Parliament today as Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen challenged Fisheries Minister Gail Shea to slap a suitable fine on Marine Harvest Canada for the escapement of 40,000 Atlantic salmon from B.C.’s largest fish farm last week.

October 28th, 2009

Nathan asks Fisheries Minister why she Still Fails to Regulate Fish Farms

Today in the House, Nathan questioned the Federal Fisheries Minister on the massive escape of farmed Atlantic salmon from a fish farm on Vancouver Island. At least 40,000 fish escaped before plant workers noticed the hole in the open-cage farm. There are real worries that the agressive breed may colonize rivers in the area and out-compete wild salmon for limited food resources, further hurting wild stocks. The BC Supreme Court ruled in February 2008 that the Federal Government must assume responsibility for regulating fish farming and aquaculture on the West Coast but so far the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have failed to respond to efforts by first nations and coastal communities to engage in discussions to create regulations.

October 8th, 2009

Why is the Government Wasting Money on Biofuel Boondoggle?

Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley, NDP):

“Mr. Speaker, the government has misspent billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing the production of corn ethanol and offering rebates to folks buying E85 vehicles. It claimed that it would be cutting greenhouse gas emissions but now Canadians have learned from a briefing note to the minister herself that her own department does not even believe the spin.

October 6th, 2009

End Violence Against Aboriginal Women Now

Today, Nathan rose in the House of Commons to draw attention to the continuing epidemic of violence against Canada’s aboriginal women. He demanded that the government respond with a plan to end the violence.

October 1st, 2009

Nathan presents petition on Canada Post service to Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii

This morning, Nathan rose in the House to present a petition from residents of the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii calling for the restoration of full and timely postal services to the islands.

October 1st, 2009

Nathan presents petition on rural airport navigation services

Today Nathan presented a petition in the House of Commons calling for the protection of airport services at the Williams Lake and Quesnel airports. NAV CANADA has proposed a scaling back of manned navigation services at rural airports across Canada, claiming that services can be provided by electronic systems alone. Nathan has been talking to other rural Members of Parliament from all parties to discuss a strategy to ensure that rural airports and the communities they serve are not harmed

October 1st, 2009

New Democrats win delay on lighthouse de-staffing

Minister reverses decision, announces full review

OTTAWA – Responding to calls from New Democrats and pressure from citizens, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea yesterday backed down from government plans to de-staff lighthouses on Canada’s East and West Coasts.

September 30th, 2009

Weekend freighter mishap a “dodged bullet,” says North Coast MP

SMITHERS

– Northwest coast residents “dodged a bullet” this past weekend when a 187-metre bulk freighter suffered a steering mishap while running at full manoeuvring speed and struck shore two hours out of Kitimat, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

September 28th, 2009

Matching opportunity and values key to northwest economy

SMITHERS

– Matching economic opportunity with key northwest values is critical to building a healthy region in which people can live and work harmoniously, a think tank hosted by Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen found on the weekend.

September 23rd, 2009

Renewing the Northwest focus of weekend gathering

SMITHERS – Over 20 community and government leaders will gather in Smithers this weekend at the invitation of Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen to explore and plan ways to renew the resource-based economies of Northwest BC.

September 17th, 2009

Cullen to Fisheries Minister: Do Your Job

OTTAWA

– Earlier today Nathan Cullen stood in the House of Commons to, once again, call upon the Conservative cabinet to do its job and pay attention to the sockeye salmon collapse of this summer.

September 15th, 2009

Cullen trumpets collaboration and common vision as key to salmon habitat management

Skeena Salmon Habitat Conference Sept. 15/16, 2009 Smithers

“Welcome, participants, to the Skeena Salmon Habitat Conference.

As we look over the 2009 fishing season, we are faced with some difficult questions about the future of the wild salmon runs that have sustained this region for generations beyond count.

September 11th, 2009

Minister’s decision to de-staff lighthouses dangerous

New Democrats demand immediate reversal of de-staffing decision

OTTAWA

– Government plans to de-staff 27 lightstations on the West Coast and nine on the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador are dangerous and must be reversed, say New Democrats.

September 4th, 2009

Cullen: Fisheries Committee Must Hold Hearings in BC

OTTAWA – New Democrats Peter Julian and Nathan Cullen are calling for the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans to hold Pacific Salmon season post-mortem hearings in B.C.

August 24th, 2009

Cullen expects answers on isotope crisis

Emergency committee meeting must shed some light for Canadians

OTTAWA – Following an emergency meeting of the parliamentary Natural Resources Committee in Ottawa last Friday, committee member and Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said he hopes Canadians will finally get the answers they are demanding about long term impacts of the Chalk River shutdown.

August 21st, 2009

Don’t Let Wild Salmon Follow Cod Into Oblivion

New Democrats present action plan to immediately address salmon crisis

OTTAWA

– Today New Democrat Western Fisheries and International Trade Critic Peter Julian (Burnaby –New Westminster) and Natural Resources critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena Bulkley Valley) presented an action plan that would help save the BC wild salmon from a dramatic collapse.

August 7th, 2009

MP Nathan Cullen to visit Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands

MP Nathan Cullen is looking forward to his upcoming visit to the Islands August 20-25th and hopes to hear from Islanders in each community.

August 4th, 2009

MP Nathan Cullen Joins Historic Skeena River Swim

Hazelton — MP Nathan Cullen has long been a vocal advocate for the protection of the Skeena River but yesterday he took the plunge to support local resident Ali Howard in her effort to swim the entire 610km of BC’s second longest river.

July 30th, 2009

West Coast Commercial Salmon Fleet Needs Help

West Coast Commercial Salmon Fleet Needs Help

OTTAWA

– Nathan Cullen is calling on the Federal government for compensation for and reorganization of the commercial salmon industry of British Columbia’s North Coast.

July 30th, 2009

Farewell to a Champion of the People: Gerry King

Smithers — “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Gerry King. Gerry was a man that gave everything he had to helping people around him and he never backed down when championing someone’s cause.

July 24th, 2009

Northwest MLAs and MP Travel Proposed Oil Supertanker Route

from the offices of MLAs Gary Coons, Robin Austin, Doug Donaldson and MP Nathan Cullen

July 17th, 2009

Aboriginal Communities Left Waiting for Economic Stimulus

SMITHERS –The Minister of Indian Affairs has yet again failed to deliver federal dollars to hard hit aboriginal communities in the northwest, says Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

July 17th, 2009

Open Letter to Fisheries Minister Gail Shea on West Coast Fisheries

Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

July 17, 2009

I am writing to you in order to alert you to the critical situation of the West Coast fisheries and to urgently request that you immediately invest your department’s energy and funds to create a Recovery Plan for West Coast Fisheries.

July 15th, 2009

Cullen calling for West Coast Fishery Recovery Plan

OTTAWA – In a letter to Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Nathan Cullen demands that the Minister immediately focus both energy and funding into creating a Recovery Plan for West Coast Fisheries.

June 20th, 2009

Conservatives Continue to Ignore B.C. Salmon Crisis

New Democrats to present action plan to address disappearing salmon stocks

OTTAWA

- With years of ignoring the crisis of declining salmon stocks, and the disappearance of 11 million salmon from the Fraser River this year alone, the Harper Government must take immediate action to protect wild BC salmon.

June 10th, 2009

Watch CBC documentary on the damage caused by Canada’s asbestos industry

Nathan recently introduced Bill C-399 in the House of Commons, which would ban the mining and export of asbestos.

June 1st, 2009

Winning Create Your Canada Bills Call for Less Asbestos and More Bike Lanes

Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-399, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (asbestos).

May 14th, 2009

Cullen: all candidates are winners in 2009 BC election

SMITHERS– Win, lose or draw, congratulations are due to all candidates who ran in British Columbia’s 39th general election yesterday, said Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

May 11th, 2009

Tight deadline for recreational infrastructure funding

SMITHERS– Northwest municipalities will need to move with warp speed to take advantage of the first installment of recreational infrastructure spending released by Ottawa today, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen warned.

May 8th, 2009

Cullen launches Green Economy Task Force at NCMA

DAWSON CREEK– Noting that a green economy is key to recovery and renewal, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen launched the Northwest Green Economy Task Force to rousing enthusiasm at North Central Municipal Association meetings in Dawson Creek.

April 17th, 2009

Bike lanes and asbestos winning entries in Create Your Canadacontest

SMITHERS –

Banning the export of asbestos from Canada and building bike lanes to encourage activity and reduce pollution are the winning entries in the Create Your Canada bill-writing contest, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen announced today.

April 16th, 2009

Economic Recovery Task Force Releases Report

The current economic crisis needs be seen as an opportunity, a chance to remake Canada as a leader in the 21st century global economy. Whether it is about creating new job possibilities, promoting renewable energy or re-tooling our manufacturing sector, Canadians have the inspiration to make it happen. New Democrat Members of Parliament, through the Economic Recovery Task Force, went out to gather the best ideas to help Canada come out of this recession faster and stronger.

April 8th, 2009

Cullen slams Harper for failing to enforce environmental agreements

OTTAWA – A lawsuit launched today by two of Canada’s leading environmental action groups highlights the Harper government’s continued refusal to take leadership on vital environmental issues, Nathan Cullen, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and NDPEnergy and Natural Resources critic, charged this morning.

April 1st, 2009

Final Report - Economic Development in Northwest BC: Taking Control of Our Future

OTTAWA – Sustainable jobs, local retraining and regional connections are key to building a strong Northwest economy, notes the final report for Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen’s 2010 economic riding tour that was released today.

March 18th, 2009

New Democrats working to protect Canada’s wilderness

OTTAWA – Hidden within Stephen Harper’s budget were sweeping measures, that threaten the lakes and rivers where Canadians paddle, fish and play. During debate, New Democrats proposed amendments to the budget bill which would have saved the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA) but, with the help of the Liberals, the Conservatives rammed their changes through. New Democrats are now continuing to pressure the government to reinstate the environmental protections within the NWPA.

February 18th, 2009

Conservatives sink another $100M into nuclear industry

OTTAWA – Canadian taxpayers are on the hook for another $100 million dollars as the Conservatives sink more money into government-owned nuclear agency AECL, Skeena-BV MP Nathan Cullen said today.

February 11th, 2009

Cullen says fish farm ruling a positive step for salmon

OTTAWA –

The BC Supreme Court decision this week giving Ottawa full jurisdiction over management of salmon farming is a step toward better protection of wild stocks, said Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

February 3rd, 2009

Cullen grills Fisheries Minister on neglect of B.C. fisheries

Last week’s Conservative-Liberal budget fails to answer the needs of Northwest fishing communities and instead pours money into Atlantic Canada for crass political gain, charges Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen.

January 28th, 2009

Nathan asks why the Budget completely neglects the New Green Economy

Mr. Speaker, yesterday's budget is what happens when the government fails to invest in the green economy of tomorrow. Not only did the government do nothing to create green-collar jobs, it axed what little funding did exist. U.S. President Obama gets it. There is more than $55 billion to transform their economy. There is cash for solar, wind and other renewables. From this government there is money for nukes and dirty coal. For those of us who realize that The Flintstones was not a documentary, this budget was an unmitigated disaster.

January 28th, 2009

New Democrats Call On Minister Raitt To Explain Chalk River Nuclear Leak

Canada’s New Democrats are demanding answers in the wake of revelations that a leak at the Chalk River nuclear facility led to radioactive water being dumped into the Ottawa River.

January 28th, 2009

Nathan Grills the Fisheries Minister on the Budget

Madam Speaker, I was looking through the budget document and found that there is actually one small craft harbour in Atlantic Canada that is getting more funding than all of British Columbia combined by a stretch. I am wondering about the balance.

January 27th, 2009

Nathan’s Tribute to Jim Fulton

The following is the text of Nathan’s statement in the House of Commons honouring former Skeena MP Jim Fulton:

January 2nd, 2009

All ideas welcome as Cullen launches economic tour across riding

SMITHERS – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen will kick off a cross-constituency tour on the economy next week to hear from riding residents about how to put the northwest and the country on the path toward economic recovery.

December 22nd, 2008

A tribute to Jim

A statement from Nathan to constituents in memory of Jim:

“It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to the people of northwestern BC about the tragic news of Jim Fulton’s passing.

December 16th, 2008

Cullen calls for EI reform in January federal budget

SMITHERS – The Supreme Court of Canada ruling last week that the federal government was within its rights to use Employment Insurance (EI) contributions to pay down the deficit is further evidence of the need for immediate EI reform, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.