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NEWS RELEASE · 4th March 2011
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
Up to 10,000 residents of Skeena-Bulkley Valley are expected to join an innovative live and interactive telephone town hall hosted by MP Nathan Cullen next Wednesday evening (March 9).

Along with guest Denise Savoie, Assistant Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Cullen will talk about issues of concern to the Northwest and take as many questions as the 75-minute event will allow.

“We’re excited at the prospects of this fantastic technology that will allow us to connect directly and meaningfully with several thousand constituents at once,” an enthusiastic Cullen told regional media yesterday.

“We’ll call out to every personal number in the riding in Elections Canada’s database and anyone can choose to connect to the town hall at no charge.”

The process is simple. Next Tuesday, all listed residential telephone numbers in the Northwest will receive a recorded message from Cullen, inviting them to join the town hall Wednesday night. The numbers will be re-dialed between 7-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and residents wishing to join the town hall follow simple prompts to do so. People wishing to ask questions will also be guided by prompts.

Cullen said the technology, pioneered by the Obama campaign, is well-suited his sprawling riding, which stretches from Haida Gwaii to Fort St. James, north to the Yukon border and south to mid-Coast.

“The opinions, questions and concerns of constituents are very important to me,” Cullen said. “I’m looking forward to connecting with thousands of people across 300,000 kilometres on our telephone town hall.”
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 8th March 2011
You could only come up with the one question to ask, "Who is paying for this?" No other issue seemed more important. I point out that this is what they all do, and suggest that maybe a better question for you to as (If that is what you are concerned about) might be, Who is paying for those Harper ads?" and you think I'm dumping on you specifically. Well, I was responding to all those cynics out there questioning Cullen's actions and reminding them that what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. If you take exception to that, the problem is yours.
Thank You
Comment by James Ippel on 8th March 2011
I ask a simple question, and in turn, instead of getting a simple answer I get dumped on.
Helmut, I am not griping about an MP doing his job, why are you dumping on Harper? He also is doing his job, along with Ingatieff, Layton, and Duceppe.
Have a nice day.
To the cynics.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 8th March 2011
I imagine every MP or MLA gets a budget and part of that includes resources for communicating with constituents. So yes the taxpayer pays but it also pays for other elected members from other parties. So relax a bit. You might better ask a question about who is paying for those feel-good ads with Harper's voice telling us all how well Canada is doing and the subtle message that it is only doing so well because Harper's in charge.

You don't want to participate, that is you choice but maybe find a bigger issue than griping about one MP doing his job.
Cullen just doing his job
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 8th March 2011
James, Nathan Cullen is the MP representing this riding. As an elected official it is his job to be aware of the issues concerning his constituents and be able to take those issues back to Ottawa. The fact that he is also a New Democrat has nothing to do with this issue.

The invitation is open to all, has nothing to do with partisan politics, and the input from all who decide to participate could be beneficial to this area. You are welcome to join in.
Comment by James Ippel on 7th March 2011
Is Mr. Cullen and the NDP Party paying for this, or, are you and I, the taxpayer on the hook for this?

Just Curious.
How many?
Comment by Bryan Notheisz on 5th March 2011
Up to 10,000 people participating? According to Elections Canada that is more than 10% of the whole population of the riding. Again Elections Canada website states there are 61,318 registered voters. I would think that if 500 people participated that would be a good turnout. Talk about pie in the sky thinking.