Government of Canada Names Building in Honour of Former Federal Court Judge and Cabinet Minister

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Building at 105 Christina Street South in Sarnia to Become Jack (Bud) Cullen Building

August 10, 2018 - Sarnia, Ont.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, today announced that the Government of Canada Building located at 105 Christina Street South in Sarnia, Ontario, is being named the Jack (Bud) Cullen Building in honour of the former Federal Court judge and Cabinet minister.

The building, which houses federal government employees, is being named Jack (Bud) Cullen as a tribute to his contribution to Canada and the Sarnia–Lambton riding, which he represented from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984. A commemorative plaque, which will bear the name of the building, will be affixed to the wall in the building’s lobby.

Jack (Bud) Cullen served as Minister of National Revenue from September 1975 to September 1976, Minister of Employment (Manpower) and Immigration from September 1976 to August 1977 and Minister of Employment and Immigration from August 1977 to June 1979. He was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Canada (Trial Division) in June 1984. In his private career, he was the first President of the Sarnia Education Authority, a member of the Sarnia and District Association for Community Living and a life member of the Kinsmen Club of Sarnia.


Quotes

“It is a fitting tribute to name the Government of Canada Building in honour of Jack (Bud) Cullen given his contribution to the region and Canada, through his work as a Cabinet minister and Federal Court Judge.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

“This building now stands as a permanent testament to a proud Canadian who made a remarkable contribution to making Canada a better and more compassionate country. I was proud to know Bud and to call him my friend.”

The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Quick facts

  • Associated with the post-Second World War expansion of federal services, the Government of Canada Building in Sarnia is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical value.

  • Built between 1956 and 1960 to house several major government tenants, the building illustrates the boom years of the community.

  • The largest and most prominent federal facility in the centre of the city, this building is well known both locally and in the region.

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Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
819-997-5421

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Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
613-998-5681

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Jack (Bud) Cullen Building – 105 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ontario

The Government of Canada Building located at 105 Christina Street South in Sarnia, Ontario, will be named the Jack (Bud) Cullen Building in honour of the former Federal Court judge and Cabinet minister.

Jack (Bud) Cullen

The Honourable Jack (Bud) Cullen, P.C., B.A., LL.B., was born in Creighton Mine, Ontario, on April 20, 1927, and died on July 5, 2005. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School.

He was first elected to the House of Commons in the general election of 1968, re-elected in 1972 and 1974, defeated in 1979 and re-elected in 1980. In 1969, he was named Parliamentary Observer to the United Nations, and, in the same capacity, he attended a NATO Conference in Brussels in 1970.

Sworn to the Privy Council in September 1975 by the Rt. Hon. Pierre E. Trudeau, Cullen was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence in October 1972, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy Mines and Resources in February 1973 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance from September 1974 to September 1975.

He served as Minister of National Revenue from September 1975 to September 1976, Minister of Employment (Manpower) and Immigration from September 1976 to August 1977 and Minister of Employment and Immigration from August 1977 to June 1979. In June 1984, Cullen resigned his seat in Parliament. He was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Canada (Trial Division) on June 30, 1984, and remained on the bench until his retirement in 2000.

In his private career, Cullen was the first president of the Sarnia Education Authority. He was also a member of the Sarnia and District Association for Community Living and a life member of the Kinsmen Club of Sarnia.

105 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ontario

This two-storey Government of Canada Building occupies almost an entire city block at the south end of downtown Sarnia, which consists of a waterfront zone to the west of the building, and a general commercial zone to the east, north and south of the building. It is the largest and most prominent federal facility in the centre of the city and is well known both locally and in the region.

The Government of Canada Building is associated with the post-World War II expansion of federal services. Built between 1956 and 1960 to house several major government tenants, the building also illustrates the boom years of the community, specifically the growth of the local economy because of the development of the petrochemical industry in Sarnia. This period in the community’s history was also characterized by the annexation of parts of the Township and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. As a result, the Government of Canada Building functioned primarily as a regional service centre.


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