Harper to make announcement in P.E.I. Thursday

Teresa Wright twright@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 19, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper answers a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday June 17, 2014 .


Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit the theatrical home of Anne of Green Gables during a brief appearance in Prince Edward Island Thursday.

Harper is scheduled to make an announcement at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown Thursday afternoon, although just what he is announcing is being kept under wraps.

He will participate in a photo-op at the theatre box office with federal Fisheries Minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea at 12:30 p.m.

Then at 1:30 p.m., he will deliver remarks in the Confederation Centre’s Memorial Hall, where Prince Charles recently unveiled a plaque commemorating the building’s 50th anniversary.

No one from the federal government would confirm the nature of the announcement.

The province has been pushing to get a federal funding agreement in place for a third power cable to the mainland an infrastructure project expected to cost upwards of $90-million.

The Guardian has been told Thursday’s announcement will not be related to the power cable.

Funding that will help the Confederation Centre did get a mention in the federal government’s 2014 budget this spring, which could be why Harper is making his remarks in this location.

Economic Action Plan 2014 announced that beginning in 2014-15, the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, which oversees the Confederation Centre, will receive $1.8 million in funding as part of $105 million in ongoing yearly funding of core arts programs across the country.

There is also close to $7-million in forthcoming federal funding for the 2014 celebrations that has yet to be officially announced from Ottawa.

Harper is not scheduled for any other official events during his stop in P.E.I.

The Guardian will provide comprehensive coverage of Harper’s visit throughtout the day Thursday.