03/21/2012 02:45 EDT | Updated 05/21/2012 05:12 EDT

A quick look at NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen

OTTAWA - A look at the life and career of NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen.

Born — Toronto, July 13, 1972. Age 39.

Educated — Educated at Trent University and Wilfrid Laurier University with a double major in international development and natural resource management.

Private career — After university, travelled in Central and South America working on community projects. Moved to Smithers, B.C., and opened a consulting business.

Political Career — First elected to Commons in 2004 in Skeena-Bulkley Valley, defeating incumbent Conservative. Re-elected 2006, 2008, 2011.

Personal life — Married, two children.

For the record — "In Conservative-held ridings, before the next election I would allow local constituencies — New Democrats — to hold joint nomination meetings with Liberals and Greens. They would select a candidate under one of those banners who would take on the Conservative. And win. And then form a progressive government." Explaining his plan to form a united front against the Conservative government.