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.

“Critical decisions are being made by government around the January 27 federal budget,” Cullen said. “It’s important that everyday voices inform both the decision-making and the budget debate.

“I’ll take the ideas from my conversations with constituents from Fort St. James to the Queen Charlottes and put them right on the desks of the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.”

Cullen noted the northwest has learned many hard lessons about economic crisis and community survival with the significant downturns in major resource industries across the riding over the last decade.

“We’re fighters and we’re ready to take advantage of government investment that will put people back to work and improve our public and social infrastructures.”

Cullen’s economic tour starts January 14 in Smithers and ends 10 days later on the Queen Charlottes. The meetings are supported by local Chambers of Commerce, community service groups, First Nations, community colleges, credit unions, economic development agencies, labour councils and non-profit organizations.

“Everything is on the table, we need to think creatively with wide-open minds,” Cullen said.

“Everyone has important contributions to make to these conversations and I’m looking forward to hearing some great ideas.”

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Contact: Shelley Browne (250) 877-4142,

********************** Riding Tour on the Economy The following communities are included Nathan’s cross-riding tour on the economy. Persons unable to attend one of these meetings are welcome to provide their input via our website, email or telephone.

Smithers – 7:00 p.m., January 14 Seniors Activity Centre 4018 Mountainview Drive (behind Coast Mountain GM)

Prince Rupert – 7:00 p.m., January 15 Multi-purpose Room, Northwest Community College 353 5th Street

Terrace – 7:00 p.m., January 16 Elks Hall 2822 Tetrault Street

Kitimat – 2:00 p.m., January 17 Riverlodge Recreation Centre 654 Columbia Avenue West

Hazelton – 7:00 p.m., January 21 Mountainview United Church (Wrinch Memorial Hospital grounds)

Fort St. James – 7:00 p.m., January 22 Seniors Recreation Centre (behind Aro Automotive)

Burns Lake – 7:00 p.m., January 23 Burns Lake and District Chamber of Commerce 540 Hwy 16 (in the Heritage Centre)

Queen Charlottes/Haida Gwaii – January 24 Venue and time to be announced