MP Report by Bob Zimmer
The start of spring means a lot of activity, both in Ottawa and northeastern BC. I have spoken with hundreds of constituents recently at various trade shows, speaking on a wide range of issues – from our Strong position in the G7, our strong economy, grain access to rail, to the guarantee of our gun rights.
The CKNL Trade Show in Fort St. John and the Dawson Creek Kiwanis Trade Show mean that spring is back in the Peace! The growth of trade shows in the Peace are a testament to the prosperity and potential of northeastern BC, and the opportunities that area created by governments at all levels that are open for business and open to investment. I had a great time talking to many of you at the trade show, and answering questions from the big issues of the day to what it’s like in Ottawa!
In Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, I spoke with a number of farmers concerned about the trouble they had getting their grain to market. Our Government is working to pass the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, which will ensure that rail companies will fulfill their obligations to get the grain to market in a timely manner. We saw great success after we gave farmers the freedom to market their grain. From that, we saw the largest wheat crop since World War II. Now we are working to ensure that rail companies fulfill their commitment to getting that grain to market.
On April 10th, we all heard the tragic news of the passing of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Only a few days after Jim’s death, at the Dawson Creek Trade Show, I was very pleased that so many of you took the time and wrote such kind words in our book of condolences about Jim and what he had done for our country.
I was honoured to be invited to his funeral in Toronto on April 16th, where I presented the Flaherty family with the condolence book. They were touched by northeastern BC’s show of support in a difficult time. I first met Jim in 2009, when he spoke at the Fort St. John Petroleum Association’s 50th Anniversary Gala. After I was elected as the Member of Parliament, I got to know him as a man who everyone respected deeply, with a quick wit and amazing sense of humor, and he will be missed.
I also spent time in April at the 37th Annual Dawson Creek Gun Show. The great attendance at the gun show highlighted the importance of protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners in northeastern BC from reckless decisions by bureaucrats. …I am a gun owner, and like many of you, am concerned about firearms restrictions made by bureaucrats. My office along with other MPs like long time firearms advocate Garry Breitkreuz are working on a long term fix that doesn’t needlessly penalize law abiding gun owners and hunters.
Our Government understands the concerns of lawful firearm owners, and we are working a long-term solution to the issue.
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.