With election rumours flying, MP announces $100 million in projects

Peace Region MP Bob Zimmer makes 17 funding announcements in one week

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. 

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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 

Fort Nelson

  • 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 

Total $73,131,491

Terrace 

  • Highway 16 project, $17.5 million
  • Airport upgrades, $4.4 million 
  • Northwest Community College trades upgrade, $1 million

Total $21.9 million 

Dawson Creek 

  • High speed internet upgrade, $278,000 
  • Curling Club upgrade, $500,000 
  • Water treatment plant upgrade, $1,666,666 (announced earlier this month)

Total $2,444,666 

Kitimat 

  • Sewage Treatment retrofit, $1.2 million 

Stewart 

  • Waste transfer station, $863,306

Fort St. James

  • Arena upgrades, $214,600

Haida Gwaii 

  • Historic church upgrade, $22,551
  • Museum, $130,000 

Total $152,551 

Prince Rupert 

  • Water supply upgrade, $2,193,028

Port Edward 

  • Bypass road, $1 million 

Pouce Coupe 

  • Wastewater upgrade, $68,466  

Taylor 

  • Wastewater upgrade, $199,333 

Hudson's Hope 

  • Wastewater upgrade, $762,666 

Fort St. John 

  • Museum upgrades, $17,500 
  • Highway and airport projects to be announced Friday 

Prince George 

  • Seniors' access upgrades, $50,000

Overall total: $104.2 million 

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