MP Report: A Busy month in Ottawa and Prince George-Peace River

Bob Zimmer, MP


February was quite the busy month, not only for me, but also for many in our riding, with Prince George playing host to the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

I had the honour of joining the Honourable Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal, Member of Parliament Dick Harris, Conservative candidate for Prince George-Cariboo Todd Doherty, and Mayor Lyn Hall in Prince George for the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. A highlight for me was being a part of the standing ovation as the athletes from British Columbia entered the building to thunderous applause.

While in Prince George for the Games, I was also able to meet Peter Arnold and André Chevigny from Pioneer Log Homes and the HGTV television program Timber Kings. Peter and André built and donated the wooden cauldron that burned throughout the games. I also took part in the grand opening of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast display.

I would like to congratulate all of those involved in the 2015 Canada Winter Games, especially those who volunteered their time to ensure it was a huge success and the young athletes who participated in the two-week event. What an amazing way to showcase Northern BC to the country!

Later in the month, I travelled to Surrey with the Prime Minister as he announced our Conservative Government’s intent to establish a capital cost allowance rate for our emerging LNG industry.

More specifically, our Government intends to establish a capital cost allowance rate of 30 per cent, from the current eight per cent, for equipment used in natural gas liquefaction and 10 per cent for buildings at a facility that liquefies natural gas.

These tax measures will allow investors to depreciate their assets more quickly so they can reinvest in further development, helping to ensure British Columbia remains as competitive as possible in competing globally for LNG markets.

This announcement is extremely rewarding for me personally, as it represents months of hard work advocating the importance of the LNG industry for our region’s economy. It was also humbling to have the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, stand up in the House of Commons and publicly recognize my efforts.

Back in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to meet Microsoft founder Bill Gates and personally thank him on behalf of our region’s Rotary Clubs for the work the Bill & Melissa Gates Foundation is doing in partnership with Rotary International to eradicate polio.

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio worldwide. Through 2018, the Bill & Melissa Foundation will match 2-to-1 every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication, up to $35 million a year.

And finally, at the end of the month, I headed to Fort St. John for the North Peace Rod and Gun Club’s annual fundraiser. As always, it was a great event, and I was happy to be able to donate a gun from my personal collection for the silent auction.

It has been an incredibly busy month and I look forward to continuing to work hard on the issues that matter most to our region.

As always, if you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to contact my office in Fort St. John at 250-787-1194, Dawson Creek at 250-719-6848, Prince George at 250-561-7982, or Ottawa at 613-947-4524.