Cullen Still Mulling Leadership Run
Prince George, B.C. – Decision day is coming soon for Nathan Cullen.
The Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP says he’ll announce within a week or so whether or not he plans to run for the leadership of his party.
“I’m still chatting with my family a whole bunch and getting a lot of emails and phone calls from people around the country,” he says. “But like I’ve said, I don’t like to sit on big decisions for too long so I think within the next week or so I’m going to make a call and just be decisive about it.”
At the moment, he says he’s leaning against it.
“Timing being a big part of it – with where my kids are at right now, having to wrestle representing Skeena, as well as rebuilding the party and just trying to figure out what the party needs most right now which I think is a rebuild process from the ground up.”
If Cullen does decide to run for the leadership, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s sought the party’s top job.
He finished third in the party’s 2012 leadership race to replace the late Jack Layton to eventual winner Tom Mulcair.
Mulcair of course has been forced to make way for a new leader after losing a leadership review vote at a party convention in Edmonton last month.
The nomination period to run for leadership ends July 2, 2016. The vote for next leader will take place sometime between September 17, 2017 and October 31, 2017.