Nicole Chenier-Cullen at the Bud Cullen dedication. August 10, 2018. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews)

Sarnia Federal Building Named In Honour Of Bud Cullen (VIDEO & GALLERY)

Sarnia’s federal building on Christina St. has been named the Jack “Bud” Cullen Building.

Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, was the special guest at a dedication ceremony Friday in honour of the late Sarnia MP.

He joined Bud’s wife Nicole, son Olivier, and Mayor Mike Bradley for a plaque unveiling over the noon hour.

Olivier, who’s currently a member of Goodale’s staff, says it’s fitting the minister was on hand for the announcement.

“I’m privileged to work on Parliament Hill and even more privileged still to work with Minister Goodale. He doesn’t like when I remind him of this, but he is the only sitting Member of Parliament who sat in that same chamber with my father… a few years ago.”

Olivier interviewed for a position on Goodale’s staff in 2015. Bud’s son says it didn’t take long for the Safety Minister to make the connection.

“I wasn’t going to mention anything about my dad to him. I was there for the interview based on my own merits and it took Minister Goodale a few seconds before saying “you’re Bud’s son, aren’t you. I remember working with Bud on this file and that one,”” says Olivier. “My dad was a great man, and clearly, almost forty years after leaving the Hill, and as seen by the crowd here today, my father made an impression on those he worked with. That would clearly be an understatement.”

Bud Cullen was Sarnia’s Member of Parliament from 1968 until 1984. He served as a cabinet minister from 1975 to 1979, and as a Federal Court Judge from 1984 to 2000.

He died in July of 2005 at the age of 78.