Peter MacKay hints civic centre cheque is in the mail

Jill Fowler
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TRURO - Federal Minister Peter MacKay visited Truro on Sunday night and with him he brought along a very strong commitment towards the proposed civic centre.
"I'm certain that in the very near future ... I'll be back standing here with all of you making an official announcement, and (will have) a great big cheque," said MacKay.
The minister's official announcement was put on hold when the provincial election was called earlier this month.
Jon Stanfield, who has been pushing for the civic centre since the Truro/Bible-Hill bid for the 2011 Canada winter games, was unable to attend Sunday's meeting because he was in Vancouver but sent his mother Beth along with a message.
"With support from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, our vision is much closer to a reality," said Stanfield in an e-mail read by his wife.
Duane Rath, who was also co-chairman of the Central Nova bid for the Games, has been working along Stanfield throughout the entire process.
"It's been a long time but we're back, and close now," said Rath.
The proposed civic centre, anticipated to cost $35.5 million, includes upgrades to
the Colchester Legion Stadium, an NHL-sized ice surface, seating for more than 2,500
people, a pool and walking track among other amenities.
MacKay said that the government had already promised funding to several areas across the province, including New Glasgow and promised that Truro is next in line.
As for a proposed time period for when the project will take-off, no official announcement is expected until after next month's provincial election.

Organizations: NHL

Geographic location: Canada, Vancouver, Colchester Legion Stadium New Glasgow

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