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REPORTING · 28th January 2010
Merv Ritchie
MP Nathan Cullen has just announced his wife is due to deliver twins in July. Diana is currently an on-call teacher in Smithers and is completing her Masters Degree in Canadian Studies.

Speaking to the concerns of the low enrollment numbers in the school system Cullen joked. "We're doing our best to help."

Although they are aware the children are not going to be identical, Cullen stated he wanted the sex to be a surprise. He fears they will both be girls suggesting that he would be at their "beck and call, at their mercy."

Cullen called all the local media across the Northwest this morning at 10:00 am to make the announcement. There was laughter and good wishes from all.

Jokes were made about him getting a raise from his boss, 'Now that their are two little Cullens on the way," laughed Cullen. Another about getting Harper to prorogue Parliament in July for the birth. Cullen spoke about a friend who had previously had twins that now looks at him and just laughs, knowing what is coming for Nathan and Diana.

They are beginning renovations in their home and checking out the price of all the things they will now need expressing shock at the prices.

"It's going to be a huge amount of work," he exclaimed, "Twins are apparently more than twice the work. "

RELEASE FROM NATHAN AND DIANA

Nathan and Diana Cullen thrilled to be expecting twins

SMITHERS – Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen and his wife Diana Cullen are thrilled to announce they are expecting twins this summer.

"Diana and the babies are all doing great and we can't wait to welcome them to our family in July," an ecstatic Cullen said this morning.

The Cullens, who met in Smithers and were married here in August 2005, will become first-time parents. They continue to live in Smithers, where Diana is a teacher-on-call with School District 54 and also completing her Master's thesis in Canadian Studies.

"It'll be hair straight back, for sure," laughed Cullen, acknowledging his already busy life as an MP will soon be even busier.

"We have great role models with our own families and friends and are committed to being the very best parents we can," Cullen said.

"I think having children will add even more meaning to my work as a Member of Parliament because I'll truly be looking into the future every time Diana and I see our babies."

Cullen was elected MP in June 2004 and re-elected in January 2006 and October 2008.