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The following is a report from Prince George-Peace River Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer:

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The spring sitting of the House of Commons has been a busy one.

Focused on jobs, growth, keeping taxes low and protecting Canadians, I am proud of the results we have delivered. In fact, the 41st Parliament was one of the most productive in decades, with over 160 bills passed and given Royal Assent.

In addition to five budgets, our Government has also passed several important measures, including the Pooled Pension Plan Act, which gives working Canadians more choices for their retirement plans, the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, which gives grain farmers the freedom to choose timing, marketing and prices that suit their bottom line.

Further we’ve passed the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act and the Safe and Accountable Rail Act, to help Canadian commodities safely reach their markets, and the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, to cut red tape for law-abiding firearms owners while keeping Canada’s streets and communities safe.

I have always maintained that I will stand up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and have followed that up with actions in Ottawa. As we neared the end of the spring session, I had the opportunity to present a petition to lessen red tape for firearms owners from over 29,000 of the firearms community to Parliament. I also had the chance to attend one of my favorite Parliamentary events in my new role as Co-Chair of the All-Party Outdoors Caucus, the “Shooting Day at the Range”. MPs, Senators and senior staff travelled to the Stittsville Shooting Ranges (just outside Ottawa) to learn more about hunting, sport shooting and to try various firearms. Many experts and leading industry representatives were on hand to answer questions and offer assistance. It was a great fun and safe day had by all.

Following the busy session, I returned to the riding to announce federal funding through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund for a number of exciting projects in our region. The first was $1.6 million for a new potable water reservoir in Dawson Creek, this project will contribute greatly to the water security of the city and provide improved water pressure that will be sufficient to meet anticipated current and future peak summer demand periods and fire flows. The second was for $235,000 in federal funding for the replacement of a lift station in Valemount. This project will ensure that the overall wastewater collection system continues to serve the community well.

I also had the opportunity to take part in this year’s graduation ceremony at North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John, where 29 years ago I was in the same place but as a graduate. Congratulations to our graduates throughout the region as you move on to the next exciting phase of your life!

While in Fort St. John, I also took part in the announcement that Dawson Creek and Fort St. John will co-host the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in the fall. Hosting this world-class tournament will not only allow both cities to showcase our region on an international stage, but will also allow our region’s youth the opportunity to see and be inspired by some of the world’s best up and coming athletes.

On Canada Day, July 1, I participated in the Fort St. John Parade, along with my family. It was great to see so many community groups come together to take part in our countries’ 148th anniversary of confederation as well as celebrate my wife Val and I 20th Wedding anniversary!

It’s great to be back for the summer and to enjoy the beautiful weather and beauty of Northeastern B.C. I am looking forward to a busy summer traveling throughout the riding, meeting constituents and attending community events.

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.

Have a great summer!

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