On Nov. 15, Maclean’s Magazine celebrated the work of Canada’s elected officials with their ninth Parliamentarians of the Year Awards (based on a secret-ballot survey of their peers in the House of Commons). NDP MP Nathan Cullen ’94 was honoured as the best orator of 2016.
“I don’t want to be too romantic about it, but the same person can ask the exact same question in two tonally different ways, and you’d think that two different things were going on,” he says. “I always want to walk them back a bit and say, ‘I know we’re asking about an oil spill here, but what feeling are we trying to accomplish? Do we want them to say yes? Do we want to embarrass them?’ ”
Cullen (International Studies Development and Environmental Studies/Science) is the longstanding NDP MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley and the Environment and Climate Change and Democratic Reform Critic for his party. He is currently making headlines by challenging fellow alumnus, Liberal Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef ‘03 in the debate over electoral reform.
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