This is the first report from Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm.
I would like to say that my first four months as your Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) have been extremely exciting.
I started off by going to Victoria to attend a couple of meetings with all my colleagues in the Government Caucus, where I basically met everybody and started to find my way around the Parliament Buildings.
To be in such an historic building and to realize that I was actually there as part of Government and not as a visitor, it got me thinking about how very humbling it is to be a representative of my life-long home constituency of Peace River North.
Back home, one of my first orders of business was to visit all of our local municipalities to identify our top issues and priorities. I was especially keen to find out the status of our local community’s provincial grant applications in order to get me to work advocating for the approval of these grants.
When I got to Victoria, I had a pretty full plate of projects to work on that needed to be delivered for Peace River North.
On a personal level, I also had to deal with the practical matter of finding a place to live in Victoria. The choices are that you can stay in hotels, or rent an apartment.
My wife Jody and I decided to rent an apartment, which we found just a couple of blocks away from the Legislature in James Bay.
We had to furnish the place and make it a little bit homey, somewhere that would keep us from getting homesick during all the time that I am required to work in Victoria.
On June 20, Cabinet was sworn in, and this is when the work really got started. Even though I didn’t get a position at the Cabinet table, it did free me up to start making my rounds in the Legislature, meeting with the newly appointed Ministers and letting them know my concerns for the Peace River.
Of course, the office of Shirley Bond, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure was my first stop, followed closely by my visit to Minister Bill Bennett in the Communities and Rural Development Ministry.
These two Ministries are where all of the infrastructure funds are managed. In fact, I spent so much time in these two offices that they thought I was some sort of new employee that they didn’t know about.
I also spent time when I was at home, re-acquainting myself with our local MP, Minister Jay Hill. If there is one thing that I am finding out, it is that you must have a good relationship with your local communities and your MP, as we are all advocating together for the benefits of the communities that we jointly represent.
In closing for this week, I would just like to say that I am very happy with the recent Provincial Government infrastructure announcements that awarded Fort St. John $5,331,442 for three different projects which include: Enerplex Site Improvements, 100th Avenue Expansion, and North Lagoon Twinning
We also saw Fort Nelson receive $6,290,000, for their Recreation Centre upgrade and their drinking water upgrade projects, and Hudson Hope receive $108,755 for their Arena heat recovery project.
These funds were matched by Federal dollars, and I am very pleased to say that the co-operation between myself and Minister Hill has rewarded the North Peace very handsomely.