With speculation growing of a fall election in B.C., some people are already announcing their intention to run, including former Skeena–Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, who this week said he’s seeking the nomination in the Stikine.
“For the last 8 months we’ve been living through an unprecedented time and for many people a time of fear and anxiety, I think we have a responsibility to work together to get us through this,” he said in a video posted to his Twitter. “I want to help take us through the next phase and for that reason I’m joining the race to be the representative for Stikine, to bring the voice of the northwest into victoria, strong and confident.”
Cullen is joined by Nicole Halbauer, who said she’ll be seeking the BC NDP nomination for the Skeena riding currently held by BC Liberal Ellis Ross. “People here need someone who stands up for them and helps them with the challenges they’re facing—especially since the pandemic began,” said Halbauer, who is Chair of the Board of Directors at Coast Mountain College.
But whether an election happens is still up in the air. At a press conference on Thursday about the province’s $1.5 billion economic recovery plan, premier John Horgan “again dodged multiple questions about whether the package could be interpreted as an election platform, saying he had not yet made a decision on whether to go to the polls,” The Tyee reported.