SURREY â€” The Conservative government started shoveling money into Surrey on Friday, two days before the federal election writ was dropped.
On Friday Nina Grewal, MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells announced $1.1 million has been earmarked for six community projects in Surrey, under the Government of Canadaâ€™s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
Grewal said $250,000 will be spent on renovations to the Newton Seniorsâ€™ Centre, $150,000 on upgrades to the Newton Cultural Centre, $100,000 to replace Bridgeview Community Hallâ€™s roof, and $300,000 to replace Newton Libraryâ€™s roof. Also, $225,000 will be spent upgrading and renovating the Guildford Recreation Centre and $75,000 will be spent to replace the climate control system at the Surrey Art Centre.
â€œAs we look towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are helping all Canadians celebrate this important milestone, while leaving a lasting legacy of improved local infrastructure,â€ Grewal said.
â€œInfrastructure has always been a priority for me, whether it has been roads, bridges, public buildings or public transit.â€
Also on Friday, Delta-Richmond East Conservative MP and Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay was at the Centre for Child Development in Whalley to announce $220,000 in funding over two years to support Sophieâ€™s Place Child Advocacy Centre. The plan is to provide the centre with $110,000 in 2015-16 and $110,000 in 2016-17.
The Governor General dissolved Canadaâ€™s 41st Parliament on Sunday, at Prime Minister Stephen Harperâ€™s request, launching an 11-week federal election campaign with Canadians going to the poll stations on Oct. 19.
Meanwhile, Grewalâ€™s NDP rival Garry Begg, who is hoping to unseat her in Fleetwood-Port Kells, is slamming the Tories â€œfailure to tackle Surrey crime.
â€œIâ€™ve been a police officer for over 38 years,â€ the retired Surrey Mountie said. â€œThe Conservatives donâ€™t seem to be serious about tackling crime in Surrey. The Conservatives promised 100 additional RCMP officers after repeated calls from the NDP but they just arenâ€™t delivering.â€
Only six of 94 have been deployed to date, he noted.
â€œResidents of Fleetwood-Port Kells are demanding answers from the Conservatives and Ms. Grewal but it seems like they are more concerned about their re-election,â€ Begg charged. â€œItâ€™s time the Conservatives stop playing games and get serious about crime in Surrey.â€