In Beyond Question Period, Roy Cullen draws on his 12½ years in Canada's House of Commons to describe what really goes on in Ottawa. He pushes beyond the rhetoric of question period and chronicles what the life of an MP is really all about.
Initially elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in 1996, he was re-elected in the 1997, 2000, 2004, and the 2006 general elections. He retired from the House of Commons in 2008.
As a member of the Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s government, and later under Prime Minister Paul Martin, he served as chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance; as parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance; as parliamentary secretary to the deputy prime minister and the minister for public safety and emergency preparedness; and as chair of the Ontario Liberal caucus. In 2006 he was sworn-in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. He also served as Official Opposition critic for natural resources.
Mr. Cullen lives in Victoria, B.C., Canada, with his wife, Ethne. They have one son, Peter.