First elected in 2004, Nathan Cullen is the five-term Member of Parliament for Skeena–Bulkley Valley. Nathan has been a strong voice for the Northwest and British Columbia in Parliament, fighting for a healthy environment and sustainable jobs that are supported by communities and First Nations, and against risky pipeline proposals such as Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and the Trans-Mountain expansion. Hearing concerns from British Columbians about the pipeline expansion, this fall Nathan toured across the province to engage with residents on how to stop the expansion.
Nathan is the NDP’s BC Liaison and also serves as NDP Critic for Democratic Reform, an active portfolio that saw him participate as a member of the special committee on Electoral Reform that took him all across the country, hearing Canadians’ thoughts on changing our electoral system. He then launched a 20-community national tour to call on the government to keep their promise to reform Canada’s voting system.
In Parliament, Nathan is a vocal advocate on a wide range of issues, including:
- transparency and ethics in government;
- investment in the growing clean energy sector;
- increased trade through the Port of Prince Rupert;
- First Nations rights;
- environmental protection;
- tougher rules and accountability for railways passing through Northwest communities;
- reduced taxes for small businesses and a fairer, more value-added economy;
- Electoral Reform and improving Canada’s democracy
Nathan’s past portfolios include Opposition House Leader, Opposition Finance Critic, and critics for Natural Resources and Energy and Environment, National Parks and Youth. In 2012, Nathan placed third in the NDP leadership race to succeed the late Jack Layton.
Nathan was honored to be named Parliamentarian of the Year for 2018 at Maclean's magazine's Parliamentarian of the Year Awards, following on from previous awards as “Best Orator” for both 2016 and 2017 and “Most Knowledgeable MP” in 2014. In his first year as a parliamentarian, Nathan was named Favourite Up-and-Coming Rookie Politician by fellow MPs. In 2005, Nathan was one of only 20 Canadian recipients invited to visit the US as part of that country’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Nathan counts among his proudest accomplishments passage of Bill C-628, An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest, his 2014 bill to protect BC's North Coast against the threat of oil supertanker spills, promote value-added jobs, and improve community consultation on energy projects, and Bill C-307, Phthalate Control Act, his 2007 bill to restrict the use of dangerous chemicals in children’s toys and household products.
Nathan and his wife Diana, who recently completed a Master’s degree in Canadian Studies, are loving parents of rambunctious eight-year-old twin sons.