A LETTER FROM MP NATHAN CULLEN
March 1st, 2019 - 5:00pm
Today I announced that I will not seek re-election this fall.
Fifteen years ago, I was approached by my friend, the late Bill Goodacre, to run for federal office. It seemed like an audacious idea to me at the time, as I had never before considered running for any public office.
And yet, since then, together we have defended the north coast from oil tankers and fish farms, protected the Sacred Headwaters, and secured the Great Bear Rainforest. From the advancement of Indigenous rights and title to the protection of our rivers and coasts, from fighting for better jobs to demanding more accountability in our government, these past fifteen years have been a great adventure and challenge. I have experienced this work as a powerful vocation and calling, and I have given it my full heart and mind.
And now I believe it is time for someone else to have the honour and responsibility of representing our great region and its people on the national stage.
Aside from being a father to Elliot and Isaac, and a husband to Diana, I have had no greater joy and privilege in my life than representing the people of Skeena-Bulkley Valley in Parliament. From Fort St. James to Masset, from Bella Bella to Atlin, the relationships, lessons, and guidance that you have shared will remain with me for the rest of my life. I am blessed by the friendships I have made on this journey.
Before being elected, I made a simple promise to myself: that on the day I left politics, I would leave with my family, my health, and my integrity intact. Thank you to the people of the northwest for keeping me grounded in this promise. You have helped me stay true to our shared values - hard work, honesty, and a sincere desire to come together and make a difference. I am humbled by the passion, generosity, and determination of the many volunteers and excellent staff I have worked alongside.
To my caucus colleagues and leader, Jagmeet Singh, I wish you the very best in the coming election. Know that we will be nominating, and hopefully electing, a strong, progressive representative to take my place in Parliament.
Lastly, to my family and friends who have seen me through this life in politics, I can’t properly put in words what your love and support has meant to me. I hope I have done you proud.
Member of Parliament