The NDP candidate for Stikine has come under fire recently for insensitive comments made towards a Haida candidate running for the BC Liberals. The comments were made at an all-candidates meeting, and heard over a ‘hot mic’.
This morning, Nathan Cullen apologized for his comments towards Roy Jones Jr. Cheexial, saying he has spoken with Roy.
NDP Leader John Horgan was in Merritt today and confirmed that he has not spoken with Cullen about his comments.
“I have not (spoken to Cullen),” began Horgan. “I just heard about it this morning, I know he has apologized and that’s as he should. Hot mics are hot mics, what you say privately is what you should say publicly. Nathan knows that, he’s a very experienced politician, I’ll let him speak for himself.”
Asked if he would like Cullen to speak with him about his comments and what they can mean to an Indigenous man, local candidate Aaron Sumexheltza stuck to his own campaign.
“I’m not actually familiar with what was said by Nathan, I’ve been focused on the campaign here in Fraser-Nicola and hearing what the issues are. We have seven more days until the election and I’m going to focus on that,” said Sumexheltza.
Q101 also had the opportunity to discuss forestry, the rural dividend grant, and bringing more health care services to Merritt with Horgan and those stories will be posted on Monday.
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