Nathan Cullen comments on Stikine win

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Despite some campaign controversy, NDP candidate Nathan Cullen has prevailed handily in the Stikine riding.

With 50 out of 51 polls reporting as of 11:00 p.m., Cullen led Liberal candidate Gordon Sebastian by 1,362 votes, more than the number of mail-in ballots that still need to be counted.

“It was very exciting, not just for us locally but for the party right across the province, a historic win,” Cullen said on Monday. “We have a lot of votes left to count but it seems like the trend is very much towards a very strong majority for the party.”

As a former federal Member of Parliament, Cullen said that there will be a learning curve transitioning into provincial politics, but he is excited for the opportunity.

“The issues that we deal with provincially will be obviously connected but different, yet the relationships I have across this region and I have across B.C. will help and having played a role in opposition and appreciating what that is, I think it’s helpful to be able to see how things get done, to be able to push things forward that matter for the people that live here.”

Cullen said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign was different than anything he had seen before.

"I'm so grateful for the support people have offered me and I've always been a believer that when the election is over it's over and then we get down to work for everybody."

With files from Thom Barker

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News