NEWS RELEASE · 2nd May 2012
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
One year later, caucus strong, united and moving forward, says Cullen.
New Democrats across Canada are celebrating the one year anniversary of their historic victory when the party grew from 37 to 103 MPs and became the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.
“It was a huge victory,” said MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) who is now in his fourth term representing the region. “Under Jack’s leadership we increased our voice in Parliament. The chance for New Democrats to form government became a reality.”
New Democrats mourned the loss of their leader in August 2012 when Jack Layton passed away just months after leading the party to victory. His untimely death inspired many to continue his work.
“I think all of us decided early on that our job was to continue Jack’s legacy and to keep his vision of a Canada with greater equality, justice and opportunity alive,” said Cullen.
Cullen’s bid for leader took him across the country and put the issues of Skeena-Bulkley Valley on the national map. Cullen says he’s happy to be working with the NDP’s new leader, Tom Mulcair and as the Official Opposition House Leader.
“Tom’s doing a great job,” said Cullen, “I am working closely with him on the strategic agenda of the Parliament, and Canada.”
As Official Opposition House Leader, Cullen is at the heart of setting priorities and bringing New Democratic concerns front and center. He will also be touching all legislation that comes before the House.
New Democrats have spent the past year standing up for seniors facing pension changes, for continued strong and independent Environmental Assessments, especially for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel, for postal and Air Canada workers, and to protect federal services for rural and remote Canadians.
It was with great pride that the New Democrat motion for Shannen’s Dream and First Nations’ education passed unanimously.
“It’s been difficult with the loss of Jack and incredible year as we continue his work,” said Cullen. “I’m confident and hopeful we are creating the change needed to create a better Canada.”