Nathan Cullen to Observe US Election
Prince George, B.C. – Nathan Cullen will have an up-close view of the US election next month.
The Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP is one of a group of Canadian MPs invited to participate in the US International Visitor Leadership Program at the invitation of the US State Department.
The trip starts this weekend in Washington, DC, before moving to New Orleans and finishing in Cleveland, Ohio.
“We’ll be looking at race identity in the US election,” says Cullen. “So how the two parties, how activists from African American, Latinos, from other marginalized groups are participating in this election.”
He says he’ll be in Cleveland on election night, November 8th. Why Cleveland?
“Obviously, Ohio is traditionally one of the swing states – it’s the state that is required for victory and will be of much focus in the last 48 hours of the campaign.”
Cullen says he’ll be looking at writing columns for Canadian newspapers and doing media back home just describing what’s going on.
“Because a lot of Canadians are not only interested because it’s been such a bizarre and confrontational election – but because it matters – who gets elected, who controls the congress ends up affecting our trade relations with the US and how we get along in general.”
Will he be watching for what Donald Trump fears will be “a rigged election?”
“We’ll certainly be talking to the states – the lieutenant governors and governors run the way that ballots are counted and we’ll be speaking with some of them,” says Cullen.
“I think the answer to that question might go the other way – Mr. Trump and some of his supporters have talked about so-called monitoring at the polling stations which in some districts could be seen as an attempt to intimidate people from voting – certainly in the south there is a long and bad history of that.”
As for the logistics of the visit, the US State Department covers all the costs related to the trip including all domestic flights, ground transportation, accommodation and meals and incidentals.
The House of Commons covers Cullen’s travel to and from the US.