With rumours of an early election flying, Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer seems to be gearing up for the hustings.
In seven days, the Conservative MP has made 17 infrastructure announcements across northern B.C., totaling over $104.2 million. Averaged out, Zimmer has announced roughly $14.8 million a day over the past week.
The MP also heralded infrastructure projects in Prince George, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd earlier this month, and is in Fort St. John July 31 to announce highway and airport improvements.
The list of projects receiving an influx of federal cash include an upgrade to Dawson Creek's curling rink, wastewater treatment improvements in Hudson's Hope, Taylor and Pouce Coupe and museum renovations in Fort St. John
By far the biggest recipient so far has been Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, with $70 million announced for bridge, airport and highway upgrades. The announcements came in both Zimmer's riding and NDP-held Skeena-Bulkley Valley.
Media reports Wednesday indicated Prime Minister Stephen Harper could call for elections as early as Sunday. The 2015 election is scheduled for Oct. 19.
Who gets what: Northern B.C. Federal funding announcements since July 24
- Alaska Highway improvements, $53 million
- Fort Nelson River Bridge upgrade, $17.5 million
- Seniors' accessibility programs, $44,720
- Northern Rockies Airport upgrade, $2,586,771
- Highway 16 project, $17.5 million
- Airport upgrades, $4.4 million
- Northwest Community College trades upgrade, $1 million
Total $21.9 million
- High speed internet upgrade, $278,000
- Curling Club upgrade, $500,000
- Water treatment plant upgrade, $1,666,666 (announced earlier this month)
- Sewage Treatment retrofit, $1.2 million
- Waste transfer station, $863,306
Fort St. James
- Arena upgrades, $214,600
- Historic church upgrade, $22,551
- Museum, $130,000
- Water supply upgrade, $2,193,028
- Bypass road, $1 million
- Wastewater upgrade, $68,466
- Wastewater upgrade, $199,333
- Wastewater upgrade, $762,666
Fort St. John
- Museum upgrades, $17,500
- Highway and airport projects to be announced Friday
- Seniors' access upgrades, $50,000
Overall total: $104.2 million