Skeena—Bulkley Valley

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Skeena—Bulkley Valley
British Columbia electoral district
Skeena—Bulkley Valley.png
Skeena—Bulkley Valley in relation to other British Columbia federal electoral districts
Federal electoral district
Legislature House of Commons
Nathan Cullen
New Democratic
District created 2003
First contested 2004
Last contested 2011
District webpage profile, map
Population (2011)[1] 89,998
Electors (2011) 61,318
Area (km²)[1] 322,382.45
Pop. density (per km²) 0.28
Census divisions Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine, Bulkley-Nechako, Central Coast
Census subdivisions Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Areas A, B, C, D, E, & G, Burns Lake, Central Coast Electoral Areas A (Northern section), B, D & E, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Granisle, Houston, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace, Telkwa
This page is about the federal electoral district. See Bulkley Valley for that geographic region, and Skeena River for the region known as "the Skeena".

Skeena—Bulkley Valley is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 2004.


This is a mostly wilderness area comprising almost the entire northwestern quarter of British Columbia, including the islands of Haida Gwaii and the large region inland from the Alaska Panhandle.

This district includes the cities of Terrace and Prince Rupert, the town of Smithers, as well as the districts of Kitimat, Hazelton, New Hazelton, Stewart, Port Edward, Houston and the villages of Masset, Burns Lake, Granisle, Telkwa and Port Clements.


This electoral district was created in 2003 from Skeena, some of Prince George—Bulkley Valley and a small part of Cariboo—Chilcotin riding.

Member of Parliament[edit]

This riding has elected the following Member of Parliament:

Parliament Years Member Party
Skeena—Bulkley Valley
Riding created from Skeena, Prince George—Bulkley Valley
and Cariboo—Chilcotin
38th  2004–2006     Nathan Cullen New Democratic
39th  2006–2008
40th  2008–2011
41st  2011–Present

Current Member of Parliament[edit]

Its Member of Parliament is Nathan Cullen, a former human resources consultant. He was first elected in 2004. He is a member of the New Democratic Party. He has served as the NDP critic for National Parks, Environment, and Youth. During the 40th Parliament, he was the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.


The 2012 federal electoral boundaries redistribution concluded that the electoral boundaries of Skeena—Bulkley Valley should be adjusted slightly, and a modified electoral district of the same name will be contested in future elections.[2] The redefined Skeena—Bulkley Valley gains a small portion of territory in the upper Bella Coola Valley from the district of Cariboo—Prince George but is otherwise unchanged. These new boundaries were legally defined in the 2013 representation order, which will come into effect upon the call of the 42nd Canadian federal election, scheduled for October 2015.[3]

Election results[edit]

Selected candidates for the 2015 election include incumbent Nathan Cullen (New Democrat).

2011 federal election redistributed results
Party Vote  %
  New Democratic 19,550 55.22
  Conservative 12,236 34.56
  Liberal 1,278 3.60
  Others 1,208 3.41
  Green 1,131 3.19

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Nathan Cullen 19,431 55.33 +5.49
Conservative Clay Harmon 12,117 34.50 -1.86
Liberal Kyle Warwick 1,268 3.61 -1.93
Green Roger Benham 1,102 3.14 -1.52
Christian Heritage Rod Taylor 1,038 2.96 -0.29
Canadian Action Maggie Braun 165 0.47 +0.15
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,121 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 116 0.33 +0.02
Turnout 35,237 58.86 +2.35
New Democratic hold Swing +3.68
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Nathan Cullen 17,219 49.84 +1.51 $68,962
Conservative Sharon Smith 12,561 36.36 +3.36 $78,636
Liberal Corinna Morhart 1,916 5.54 -7.12 $11,687
Green Hondo Arendt 1,613 4.66 +1.88 $511
Christian Heritage Rod Taylor 1,125 3.25 +0.03 $28,231
Canadian Action Mary-Etta Goodacre 112 0.32 $120
Total valid votes/Expense limit 34,546 100.0     $97,941
Total rejected ballots 106 0.31 -0.01
Turnout 34,652 56.51 -6.62
New Democratic hold Swing -0.92
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Nathan Cullen 18,496 48.33 +11.19 $90,144
Conservative Michael Scott 12,630 33.00 -0.70 $71,817
Liberal Gordon Stamp-Vincent 4,845 12.66 -8.93 $19,599
Christian Heritage Rod Taylor 1,235 3.22 -0.60 $23,835
Green Phil Brienesse 1,064 2.78 -0.54 $7,533
Total valid votes 38,270 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 122 0.32 -0.06
Turnout 38,392 63.13
New Democratic hold Swing +5.25
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Nathan Cullen 13,706 37.14
Conservative Andy Burton 12,434 33.70
Liberal Miles Richardson 7,965 21.59
Christian Heritage Rod Taylor 1,408 3.82
Green Roger Colin Benham 1,225 3.32
Marxist–Leninist Frank Martin 161 0.44
Total valid votes 36,899 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 140 0.38
Turnout 37,039
This riding was created from Skeena, Prince George—Bulkley Valley and Cariboo—Chilcotin, which each elected a Canadian Alliance candidate in the last election. Andy Burton was the incumbent from Skeena.

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