Harper coming to Amherst?

Darrell Cole
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Prime minister could be attending party barbecue on Aug. 29

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be coming to Amherst to attend a Conservative party function later this month. Neither the PMO nor MP Scott Armstrong would confirm speculation the PM will attend a barbecue for the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Conservative Association.

AMHERST – Prime Minister Stephen Harper could be coming to Amherst.

While neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong could confirm or deny it, there’s speculation Harper could be visiting Amherst on Aug. 29 to appear at a party function.

“Members of Parliament do not comment on the prime minister’s schedule so I can’t say if the prime minister is coming or not,” Armstrong said Wednesday.

Armstrong said the riding association is hosting a summer barbecue on that day at Amherst Regional High School. He said provincial PC Party Leader Jamie Baillie will in attendance along with several members of the federal party’s Atlantic caucus.

Representatives from the five provincial ridings within the riding will also be in attendance along with four of the five nominated candidates.

“We have events like this for party workers and volunteers. This year we chose to hold it in Amherst,” Armstrong said.

It’s believed the prime minister will be attending government business in New Brunswick earlier in the day and will then participate in the barbecue.

No announcements are planned.

An email to the PMO was returned with the comment the office does not discuss the prime minister’s schedule and itinerary with the media.

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, PC Party

Geographic location: Amherst, New Brunswick

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  • bill
    August 18, 2012 - 18:34

    why doesn"t amherst tell the people why harper is coming to amherst the word is out about a new chicken processing plant for industrat park come on mayor let people know dont keep people in the dark

  • Wingman
    August 18, 2012 - 15:32

    All you Harper bashers should take a look around at the state of the rest of the world and realize he is doing a good job keeping Canada's head above water during these times. He may have the personality of a prune but he is doing a good job and the high taxes are a provincial matter as the rest of the country is not taxed nearly as much as good old Darrell shoves it to us. Maybe the provincial PC leader could tell the fine folks of Springhill while their ER is closed nearly every other day.

  • John Hill
    August 17, 2012 - 23:13

    He will not be the first prime minister to come to Amherst, uncle Charlie Tupper did every day, but if he knew how Harper has abused us he would roll over in his grave. I wish some other commenters knew, too; some of the above issues are the results of provincial conservatives' "mistakes". Keep it straight, guys.

  • DSG
    August 16, 2012 - 16:00

    I think these posters need to be reminded that the NDP in in power in Nova Scotia and not the Conservatives!

    August 16, 2012 - 13:49

    we need to have a demonstration for MR.HARPER....lets show him just how (un)Happy he makes us here in the east coast.....he s taking the time to come so lets give him a visit he won t forget........there on t be an opertunity to do it again......ANYONE?????

  • Janice Mills
    August 16, 2012 - 10:54

    I think they should move the BBQ from Amherst High to River Hebert High. No worries about any construction or anything to get in the way of a good time.

  • holy cow
    August 16, 2012 - 07:53

    that seems like an awesome day...to go to the beach

    • dgirl
      August 16, 2012 - 09:58

      Maybe Harper can kill to birds with one stone on that day then (not that I expect much from him, but trying to stay positive). 1. He could order the Moncton City Transit workers back to work because this is getting ridiculous. 2. Maybe he can have a look at the River Hebert High School and see what a "fine" job his government is doing to maintain the education system in rural comunities. Again, not that I ecpect much from him, but councillors and other gov't officials should be bringing these "small" issues up to some of the big wigs.

  • bill
    August 15, 2012 - 21:44

    keep harper in prime minister in his office he doe;s nothing for us only makes us pay the highest taxes in canada he should be ashamed to come to nova scotia

  • Skippy
    August 15, 2012 - 20:28


  • Another Two Cents
    August 15, 2012 - 19:37

    Ether way...I won't be attending.

    • Seasonal Worker
      August 16, 2012 - 17:47

      Realistically the chances of Mr. Harper coming to Amherst are about as good as me winning the lotto but then again one never knows. If he does come to the Beautiful east coast and enjoy our wonderful hospitality; I can only hope that he will take a moment to think about the high taxes we pay and what the changes to the EI system will mean to the people here.