Friday, April 15, 2016

A mulling Mr. Cullen

NDP MP Nathan Cullen is weighing
his options when it comes to any
NDP Leadership quest 
When we last checked in on the plans of Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen, he was heading off to last weekend's NDP convention in Edmonton.  A policy convention that has shaken up the third place party on the federal scene and an event which invited NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to exit the leadership, stage left we assume.

As we noted in our preview of the Edmonton convention, Mr. Cullen was supporting the desire to see Mr. Mulcair continue on as leader, having stated earlier this year that he wasn't inclined to pursue leadership ambitions at the time.

However, with the rather startling dispatch of Mr. Mulcair who could not even garner fifty percent support to continue on with this job, the NDP will now turn its attention towards who will take the reins of and what direction the party will go during the next three and a half years of this Liberal government's mandate.

One name that has quickly returned to the top of the prognostication list is that of the Skeena-Bullkey Valley MP, with Mr. Cullen frequently noted as someone that the party membership may be inclined to support. The MP who represents Northwestern British Columbia was shocked at the final result of Sunday's vote count on Mulcair's leadership, leaving him to reconsider his thinking on whether he will seek out the now open race.

Though one question for the NDP MP to weigh as he works towards his decision is one of where the NDP is going from here. With Mr Cullen to decide if the party's recent lurch to the hard left in Edmonton will provide the room for his political philosophy and whether he can bring the now very different factions of the NDP together in the middle.

Mr. Cullen has noted that he will take some time to consult with family, friends and fellow members of the NDP before coming to a decision on whether to take the leap in the NDP leadership fray.

So, while he mulls over his options, we'll track the trial balloons and background notes that pop up along the way to his eventual decision.

Our compilation of items related to his personal leadership review can be found on our House of Commons archive.


June 4 -- Nathan Cullen decides against NDP leadership run  NCR
June 4 -- NDP stalwarts line up to avoid worst job in Canadian politics - the party's leadership
June 3 -- B.C. MP Nathan Cullen won't seek to replace Tom Mulcair as NDP Leader
June 3 -- 'Why pretend?' Nathan Cullen rules out NDP leadership run
June 3 -- MP Nathan Cullen rules out bid for NDP leadership
June 3 -- Few lining up for chance to lead the NDP
June 3 -- MP Nathan Cullen won't seek NDP leadership
June 3 -- B.C. MP Nathan Cullen won't run for NDP leadership
June 3 -- Nathan Cullen opts out of running to replace Mulcair as NDP leader
June 3 -- BC MP Nathan Cullen won't seek NDP leadership
June 3 -- Cullen won't run for federal NDP Leadership
June 3 -- Cullen confirms he won't seek NDP party leadership
June 3 -- Nathan Cullen says he won't run for NDP leadership
June 3 -- Cullen not running for NDP leadership
June 3 -- Nathan Cullen formally declines Federal NDP leadership bid
June 3 -- Nathan Cullen won't seek to replace Mulcair as NDP leader


May 26 -- Nathan Cullen's NDP Leadership Decision coming sooner Rather than Later
May 16 -- Nathan Cullen leery of running for NDP leadership


April  20 -- Cullen early favourite in NDP leadership race
April 20 -- Avi Lewis, Jagmeet Singh and Nathan Cullen are favourites to take party helm
April 20 -- Is Nathan Cullen joining the NDP leadership race?
April 18 -- NDP already working to bridge the Leap, Says MP Nathan Cullen
April 17 -- MP Cullen ponders a run at federal NDP leadership
April 16 -- What's the NDP all about anyway?
April 13 -- The NDP's hard left turn into an existential crisis
April 13 -- Tom Mulcair says NDP wants him to stay on as leader until the party finds his successor — so he will
April 13 -- Mulcair says he has caucus support to remain leader until successor named
April 13 -- Megan Leslie not jumping into NDP leadership race
April 13 -- B.C. MP Nathan Cullen hints at possible bid for NDP leadership
April 13 -- The NDP has a dream leader. One problem: She's not running
April 12 -- Nathan Cullen hints he may enter race to be new NDP leader
April 12 -- MP Nathan Cullen weighs in on Port Authority Letter to Lelu Island and Leadership Bid (audio)
April 12 -- Cullen considers Leadership (video)
April 12 -- Cullen now says he's considering the Federal NDP's Top Job
April 12 -- Cullen "Not Strongly in Favour of Running" for NDP Leadership
April 12 -- Nathan Cullen mulls possible bid to succeed Mulcair as NDP leader
April 12 -- For the NDP, the only place now is at the far left of political spectrum
April 12 -- B.C. MP Nathan Cullen mulling run for NDP leadership
April 12 -- Cullen the next NDP leader?
April 12 -- NDP MP Nathan Cullen talks possible leadership run and why parts of the Leap Manifesto makes him "uncomfortable" (audio)
April 11 -- NDP MP Nathan Cullen talks about running for NDP leadership (audio)
April 11 -- NDP MP Nathan Cullen on running for NDP leadership (audio)
April 11 -- With Mulcair out as NDP leader, here's what's next for the party
April 11 -- Divisive leadership vote fuels anger in NDP's Alberta wing
April 10 -- Who will replace Tom Mulcair as NDP leader? It could be a crowded field (video)
April 10 -- With its Jack Layton-esque centrism in tatters, radical Leap Manifesto will doom the NDP
April 10 -- Eight possible candidates for the NDP leadership, from an ex-deputy leader to a documentary filmmaker
April 10 -- Federal NDP left with no clear successor to Mulcair
April 10 -- After Mulcair's defeat, here are five potential NDP leadership candidates
April 10 -- NDP aftermath: An early look at potential candidates to replace Tom Mulcair

For those with an interest in Federal and Provincial politics, we have a number of other notes, links and articles to be found on our Political Portal D'Arcy McGee.

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