Bud Cullen

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Bud Cullen
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sarnia-Lambton
In office
June 25, 1968 – May 22, 1979
Preceded byElectoral District created
Succeeded byBill Campbell
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Sarnia-Lambton
In office
February 18, 1980 – July 26, 1984
Preceded byBill Campbell
Succeeded byKen James
Minister of National Revenue
In office
Preceded byRon Basford
Succeeded byMonique Bégin
Minister of Employment and Immigration
In office
Preceded byMinistry Created
Succeeded byRon Atkey
Judge (Trial Division)
Federal Court of Canada
In office
July 26, 1984 – August 31, 2000
Appointed byJohn Turner
Personal details
John Sydney George Cullen

(1927-04-20)April 20, 1927
Creighton Mine, Ontario, Canada
DiedJuly 5, 2005(2005-07-05) (aged 78)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canada
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversity of Toronto, York University's Osgoode Hall Law School
Professionpolitician, public administrator, entrepreneur

Jack Sydney George "Bud" Cullen, PC (April 20, 1927 – July 5, 2005) was a Canadian Federal Court judge and politician.

Early years[edit]

Born in Creighton Mine, Ontario, Cullen was given the nickname of Bud by his mother when he was a young boy. Later, he legally changed his name to Bud.[1] Cullen went to Creighton Mine Public School, Lansdowne Public School, and Sudbury High School before attending the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School.[2]

Law and politics[edit]

A lawyer practicing in Sarnia, Ontario,[1] Cullen was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1968 federal election as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Sarnia.[3]

Key figure in government[edit]

In 1971, he became parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Defence. He subsequently served as parliamentary secretary to the Energy Minister (1972) and to the Finance Minister (1974–1975).[3]

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Cullen to the Cabinet as Minister of National Revenue in 1975. Cullen moved to the position of Minister of Manpower and Immigration in 1976, and remained in the position when it was renamed Minister of Employment and Immigration the next year, until the defeat of the Trudeau government in the 1979 election.[3]

Final days in politics and the judgeship[edit]

Cullen lost his Sarnia seat in the 1979 election, but regained it in the subsequent 1980 election, but he did not return to Cabinet.[3] Cullen was appointed a judge in the trial division of the Federal Court of Canada by Prime Minister John Turner in July 1984 prior to that year's election, and he remained on the bench until his retirement in August 2000.[1]

Connection to Sarnia Mayor Bradley[edit]

Prior to being elected to Sarnia City Council for the first time in the municipal elections of 1985, future Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley got his political feet wet working as an executive assistant for MP Cullen. Bradley even made a run at winning Cullen's seat in 1984 and has described him in a number of interviews as a political role model of his.

Federal election results[edit]


1980 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bud Cullen 16,275 40.6% +5.9%
Progressive Conservative Bill Campbell 13,986 34.9% -5.1%
New Democratic Wally Krawczyk 9,809 24.4% -0.9%
Marxist–Leninist Pedro Villamizar 52 0.1%
Total valid votes 40,122 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

1979 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Bill Campbell 15,990 40.0% +13.7%
Liberal Bud Cullen 13,872 34.7% -22.0%
New Democratic Wally Krawczyk 10,148 25.4% +8.3%
Total valid votes 40,010 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada


1974 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bud Cullen 20,661 56.7% +13.9%
Progressive Conservative John Kowalyshyn 9,579 26.3% -12.6%
New Democratic Wallace Krawczyk 6,217 17.1% -1.3%
Total valid votes 36,457 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada

1972 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Bud Cullen 16,112 42.8% -2.5%
Progressive Conservative Andy Brandt 14,647 38.9% -1.1%
New Democratic David Bell 6,901 18.3% +3.6%
Total valid votes 37,660 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada


1968 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Bud Cullen 14,573 45.3%
Progressive Conservative Dick Ford 12,883 40.0%
New Democratic Alex Grabove 4,733 14.7%
Total valid votes 32,189 100.0%

Source: Elections Canada


There is a Jack Cullen fonds at Library and Archives Canada.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Bud Cullen, Politician and Judge: 1927-2005". The Globe and Mail. 2005-07-07. p. S9.
  2. ^ "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". University of Toronto Press.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Bud Cullen – Parliament of Canada biography
  4. ^ "Finding aid to Jack Cullen fonds, Library and Archives Canada" (PDF).