Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Conservatives select former Rupertite to put up Skeena-Bulkley Valley challenge to incumbent Nathan Cullen

Skeena-Bulkley Valley Conservatives
selected Tyler Nesbitt as their
candidate for the anticipated fall election

(photo from Mr. Nesbitt's Facebook page)
The federal election may be months away yet, but with summer almost upon us, the Federal parties are starting to roll out their candidates for the anticipated election call of the fall.

While the NDP will once again put forward incumbent MP Nathan Cullen as their candidate, the other parties are now looking to find a challenger that may topple the long time NDP MP in the region.

A pretty formidable challenge, considering that Mr. Cullen has held his seat in the House of Commons since 2004 and has become one of the higher profile NDP MP's in the House of Commons.

For the Conservatives that task will rest with Tyler Nesbitt, a former Prince Rupert resident who is now living in Terrace. Mr. Nesbitt claimed the Conservative nomination over the weekend, topping fellow Terrace resident MaryAnn Freeman in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding nomination vote.

Voting for the Conservative nomination took place over the weekend, making use of a mobile polling system that stopped in a number of communities across the riding to consult with Conservative members.
Map of the
Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding

The successful nominee made mention of the end of the nomination process through his community page on Facebook over the weekend.

More on his view on politics and the Northwest can be reviewed here.

Word of the new flag carrier for the Conservatives however hasn't quite made it to the head office, Mr. Nesbitt's success of the weekend has yet to be noted on the Conservative candidate page for 2015.

And while the NDP and Conservative roster is now set, the Liberals and Green Party have yet to select a candidate for the anticipated election of the fall.

The website Threehundredeight.com provides an in-depth look at the history of the riding, tracking the various shifts in both geography and political influence over the years.

For more on items of interest from the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding see our archive page here.

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