Prime Minister expected to visit with funding announcement for civic centre
Harper in the Hubtown?
TRURO - It appears the prime minister is coming to town this week and is expected to bring a cheque for the region's long-discussed civic centre project.
A source tells the Truro Daily News bureaucrats and police or security officials scouted the Colchester Legion Stadium during the past week. The visit leads many to believe Stephen Harper will be making the announcement at the rink if it fits the security bill. Part of the civic centre funding is going to renovate the stadium.
Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong could not confirm the reports when contacted yesterday by the Truro Daily News. But the newly minted parliamentarian, who recently won back the federal seat for the Conservatives, has a victory celebration for his campaign workers this week.
"We are expecting some special guests in town Thursday," he told the Truro Daily News.
Asked if one of those guests would be the prime minister for a civic centre announcement, he said: "We'll have to wait and see what the Prime Minister's Office says about his own schedule."
PMO spokeswoman Sara MacIntyre was unable to shed much light on the situation.
"I cannot confirm anything for you right now," she said, noting Harper's schedule is "fluid" this week due to the situation in Haiti.
Generally, the PMO only issues a media advisory a day before events to allow news agencies to plan.
Municipality of Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor, who co-chairs the civic centre committee, said there is "buzz" about an announcement.
"I've just got a pretty strong inkling that there is something happening," he said. "We're just anxiously awaiting their announcement."
The need for a civic centre initially arose in 2004 when the region applied to host the 2011 Canada Winter Games. The amateur sporting event was awarded to Halifax in February 2007, but local organizers met that day with the premier to discuss the need for a civic centre.
Since then, a committee has been formed and the county, town and province have announced their funding commitments to the project and a site has been selected. Architects have been hired to come up with a design for the project.