It’s a big loss for the NDP and for Canadian Politics.
Nathan Cullen’s announcement that he won’t be running in 2019 is bad news for the NDP.
He is the latest in a long-line of NDP MPs, including Murray Rankin, who won’t be running in the upcoming federal election.
Cullen – often seen as a potential leader of the NDP – is one of the NDPs most effective MPs. His skill in grilling the PM and government, and ability to logically define problems is quite rare in a hyper-partisan era, and even when his colleagues disagreed with him there was a level of respect.
Most recently, Cullen could be seen ripping the Trudeau Liberals over the PMO SNC-Lavalin scandal.
It’s yet another sign that – despite Jagmeet Singh’s win in Burnaby South – things aren’t looking good for the NDP and their candidates know it.
While Trudeau’s troubles may give Singh a lifeline, the more departures that get announced the tougher it will be for him to convince more people to run for his party.
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