A tribute to Jim

Jim Fulton, NDP MP for Skeena from 1979-93, died December 20 after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

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.

For those who knew Jim either personally or through his work as MP for Skeena, I will perhaps confirm things that we cherished about Jim here but for those who didn’t have that good fortune, let me introduce you to the Jim I knew.

While I won’t attempt to sum up his life or his work in politics, all that I ever saw of him gave me courage for the fate of the nation and planet. Jim was a true whirlwind of a man, a barely contained tsunami that swept up into it people and projects with sheer delight and abandon.

I was swept up, literally, when I first met Jim back in 2004. I was to meet the former MP and legend at the Smithers airport for a quick hello and before I knew what was what I was swept up into a crushing bear hug and away we went.

Over the past five years I’ve had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Jim as a political animal but also someone very interest in the human aspect of the work.

He insisted that I maintain connection to the Northwest and bring as many people into the conversation as possible. He also commanded respect from both those naturally aligned with his view of the world and those deeply opposed.

No greater thing can be said about a person than the lasting effect they leave behind and in Jim’s case this will be more and more appreciated over the years. A passion for the Northwest that was unmatched. A commitment to the environment that took him around the world and into the news.

Jim Fulton was many things to many people but to me he was a mentor and, even more importantly. a friend.”