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Movement afoot to draft Cullen
There seems to be a draft Nathan Cullen movement for the British Columbia New Democrat Party leadership.
Speaking with northern reporters Thursday, the Bulkley Valley-Skeena MP was genuinely humbled by the support he’s received from rank-and-file and upper echelon members of the provincial party.
“I kept thinking they were talking about someone else,” he said about the push from provincial New Democrats for him to jump to the provincial scene.
It certainly has to be flattering to have a lot of people saying you should aspire to be premier.
With all due respect to David Letterman, here is my top-10 list as to why Cullen should seek the NDP leadership, why the NDP should pick him, and why he should be the next premier.
1. We could still have a premier who is beyond hope, but at least we’d have one who comes from beyond Hope.
2. Cullen could spend more time with his young family, maybe. We would have lots of photo ops with our premier and his family. Justin Trudeau could be prime minister and we could have dueling good-looking leaders. (Damn, forgot to ask Cullen if he’s ever toked up.)
3. We would have a premier who actually knows Prince George and the North.
4. We would have a premier who, when they say they are against the Northern Gateway pipeline project, they actually mean it.
5. On a serious note, the NDP would have a leader who isn’t tied to the existing party structure or elite. “I don’t claim to know the intricacies of Victoria or our party,” he said in his scrum with reporters yesterday. It would be a steep learning curve, but the best thing for the NDP would be to have someone who is somewhat removed from the current workings of the party. It worked for the Liberals and Christy Clark who could distance herself from the Gordon Campbell Liberals.
6. Former MLA and Prince George city councillor Alf Nunweiler has endorsed him, as have others, but you can read Alf’s endorsement on the letters page.
7. Did I mention there’d be a political party leader and possible premier from outside the Lower Mainland? Oops, forgot that Christy Clark is from West Kelowna.
8. The television cameras like Cullen. He’s a likeable guy. Not that the current leader isn’t, but he’s not comfortable in a crowd.
9. Did I mention that there’d be a political leader and possible premier from outside the Lower Mainland? The last one of those was actually Bill Bennett Jr.
10. He knows where Prince George is on the map.