REPORTING · 3rd May 2011
A large crowd of NDP supporters gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion in Kitimat on Monday, May 2nd for the results of the Federal Election. The results were displayed on the silver screen at the front of the Legion.
While the results displayed a Harper Majority, the crowd itself was pleased the NDP became the official opposition placing 2nd. As Jack Layton was completing his speech on the big screen, the man of the hour, Nathan Cullen entered the room, fashionably late… and victorious.
He thanked everyone for all the work they did on the election. He gave special thanks to his campaign manager.
“A historic win for us as well. The polls are still reporting but it’s obvious we did all right here in the North West,” said Cullen. “At the national level, because I feel it’s important to talk about what happened in our country tonight too. For the first time in 20 years, the leading voice out of Quebec will be a voice of New Democrats.”
He expressed the NDP message of pensions, a good job and a clean environment appealed to the people of Quebec.
“We also saw the NDP move from fourth place in the house of commons to official opposition. The NDP is having its 50th anniversary this year and that’s not a bad present wouldn’t you say,” said Cullen.
He added; when faced with a Conservative majority, supporters should savour the moment and face tomorrow when it arrives. He reminded them Layton congratulated Harper and agreed to work with the Conservatives if the Conservatives were willing to work with the NDP.
“Official Opposition does not mean just opposing, it means proposing and we’re going to propose all sorts of ideas to this government to improve the nature of this country. If they want to bring it down in the past, then we’re bringing it down. Divide and conquer, putting one side of the country against the other, then so be it. In four years time they will have a consequence to pay but in mean time, we have to get this country back on track,” said Cullen.
He expressed they needed to get seniors out of poverty, clean up the environment and put people back to work. He said the social contract has been eroding. Businesses no longer feel responsible to the people who make them strong. “We need to restore that contract and say that the resources that are here in the Northwest are Canadians first and we need to use them to create jobs.”
He thanked the people for helping the NDP take the largest step in their history, stating the two party race is no longer an option and people now have the choice so votes matter. He said parliament will be new with the new Green Party Member elected.
“You guys are the wind in our sails. We do this. We do this on hard work. We do this on volunteers. We do this on commitment to a principal and ideas. To do politics differently; do politics which are hopeful; do politics that represent positive change and do politics which represent what’s going on in peoples lives and hearts and minds. I want to say thank you to all of you, you honour me,” said Cullen.
The roars from the crowd were deafening.
Kevin Paul, a supporter of the NDP points with Nathan Cullen to his riding in Kitamaat Village with Mayor Monahan looking on. Paul will be running for Village Council in their June Election.
With a busy evening, Nathan Cullen did have time for an interview with Chelsea Wright, a student with an interest in politics and perhaps a future MP for another generation.
Nathan Cullen gave his speach, Layton speaks on the big screen in the background.
Terrace NDP supporters gathered at the Kiva Cafe' at NWCC and watched the results come in on their big screen TV