Nathan Cullen of the NDP is still the MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley.
He won his seat with a comfortable margin, but it’s a bittersweet victory.
At the start of one of the longest election campaigns in Canadian history, the NDP were widely considered to be the front runners to form the next government.
But as poll numbers started to come in, it quickly became clear that the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau was not only forming the next government, but a majority government with huge losses to the NDP.
Tom Mulcair’s NDP couldn’t repeat the wave of NDP support of the previous election that put them into official opposition status for the first time in party history.
Cullen, speaking from his campaign office in Smithers, says after a nearly two month long campaign, he’s going to spend time with his family when asked if he would be considering a run at party leadership.
Cullen says issues important to the Northwest won’t be lost with the Liberal majority government.
Despite the losses on the national level, Cullen says he’s happy that Canadians have chosen a government with progressive policies.
He points out that many NDP policies have been adopted by the Liberal Party.
He says the party will take time to reflect on the losses and move forward from there.
But he adds that he doesn’t expect to spend too much time reflecting, as he has much work ahead of him.