The summer of 2013 started off on a great note for my family and I. We were all very excited to be on the first WestJet flight into Fort St. John on Monday, June 24. We landed at 4:35 pm in a brand new Bombardier Q400 that still had that “new plane smell”. I am so proud to be part of this community that rallied together and initiated the “It Just Makes Sense” Campaign and who will now benefit from more flights and a more competitive local market.
I then had the pleasure of welcoming Wendy Brown back to Fort St. John on June 27 after she completed a 357 kilometer run in support of a recovery center for the area. The run, dubbed Run for Recovery, was undertaken to raise funds for the proposed Northern Lights Recovery Centre. The centre would offer month-long rehabilitation programs for men, women, and youth using professional services and staff. Bruce Lantz, Chairman of the Board for the proposed centre, has been working hard to make this vision a reality and I was very pleased to be a part of the successful completion of Wendy’s fundraising efforts.
On Canada Day, I was excited to once again participate in the festivities in Fort St. John. Riding in Mike King’s army jeep this year along with Master Corporal Chad Cushway and Corporal Jeremy Garner was a true honour. This year I was very privileged to be able to meet with some of the local cadets and present them with a Challenge Coin as a memento. This annual event is a great family time, a part of my job that I truly look forward to and enjoy every year and it’s always great to see so many people turn out.
In mid-July I had the privilege of attending the Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance Annual Conference (SEUS-CP) in Halifax. As a member of the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group I was selected to represent our government at this very important event.
Some of the highlights for me were learning about the strong economic impact that Canadian Tire has had for the past 90 years. This company is an amazing example of a Canadian success story that chooses to, whenever possible, promote Canada and in doing so, promote Canadians.
I spoke with many other attendees as well but another high point was meeting Wesley Britt, former offensive tackle with the New England Patriots, who was attending the conference on behalf of Alabama Power.
The SEUS-CP was established in 2007 to serve as a venue to promote the enhancing of economic ties between the two regions. We still are working on ways to streamline border crossing issues that arise for Canadian and American businesses. The United States remains our number one trading partner both in imports and exports and we are working toward keeping this very important relationship strong.
I also took the opportunity to visit Prince George, McBride, Chetwynd, Taylor, and Dawson Creek earlier this month and consult with local constituents. I am still awestruck at the beauty of this region, the Rocky Mountains are truly a sight to behold and I remain honoured to represent THE most beautiful riding in the country.
I am looking forward to what the rest of the summer has to bring and I will be available in the riding through most of the summer if anyone would like to get together at the office or for a coffee. All contact information can be found atwww.bobzimmer.ca.