Bob Zimmer

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Bob Zimmer
Member of the 41st Canadian Parliament
for Prince George—Peace River
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Jay Hill
Personal details
Born (1968-10-20) October 20, 1968 (age 46)
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s) Val
Residence Fort St. John, British Columbia
Alma mater Trinity Western University
Profession Teacher (North Peace Secondary School)

Bob Zimmer (born October 20, 1968) is a Canadian politician and a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada. He was elected to represent the riding of Prince George—Peace River in the 2011 election and is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. Zimmer, a former carpenter, Fort St. John high school teacher, and a rugby enthusiast, first became actively involved with federal politics with the Reform Party of Canada.

Background[edit]

Bob Zimmer was born in Dawson Creek and grew up in Fort St. John. After graduating from North Peace Secondary School in 1986, he worked as a welder's assistant in the oil industry.[1] Through the Northern Lights College he became a journeyman carpenter and operated a small construction business between 1995 and 1998. In the 1990s he moved to the Fraser Valley to play in the British Columbia Rugby Union. Between 1999 and 2003 he attended Trinity Western University, where he coached varsity rugby and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics.[2] He completed a 12-month teaching degree at the University of British Columbia and moved back to Fort St. John where he accepted a teaching job at the North Peace Secondary School.

Zimmer joined the Reform Party of Canada in 1988. He has cited Ralph Klein and Preston Manning as his political role models.[1] While living in Abbotsford he campaigned for Randy White who was elected as a Reform Party member of parliament.[3] Back in Fort St. John he joined the Conservative Party Prince George-Peace River Electoral District Association and worked as its president until 2009 when he became its secretary and CEO.[4] After long-time Member of Parliament Jay Hill announced he would not seek re-election an election was held for the riding's Conservative Party nomination. In August 2010 Zimmer resigned from his duties in the Electoral District Association and announced he would stand in the nomination election.[1] Five other people stood in the election, including fellow Fort St. John teacher Dan Davies and the former mayor of Prince George Colin Kinsley. With 1,350 votes cast in the March 2011 preferential vote, Zimmer won the nomination in the sixth round.[5]

41st Parliament[edit]

The next federal election was held in May 2011, when Zimmer faced former provincial politician Lois Boone for the NDP, Prince George lawyer Ben Levine for the Liberal Party of Canada, physiotherapist Hilary Crowley for the Green Party, and Fort Nelson small business owner Jeremy Cote for the Pirate Party. During the campaign Zimmer said he would advocate for reduced spending until the federal budget was balanced but also lobby to direct federal funds to widen Highways 2 and the Alaska Highway to four lanes between the Alberta border and Fort St. John.[6][7] He noted that he believed pensions for former politicians were too high and that he would seek pension reform.[8] He promised building open and honest relationships with constituents. [9] Zimmer won the election with 62.12 per cent of the vote.

Zimmer is a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics. He has previously been a member of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs, and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.

Election results[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011: Prince George—Peace River
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Bob Zimmer 23,946 62.12 -1.47 $81,669
New Democratic Lois Boone 9,876 25.62 +8.04 $38,397
Green Hilary Crowley 2,301 5.97 -4.44 $11,625
Liberal Ben Levine 2,008 5.21 -3.20 $9,197
Pirate Jeremy Cote 415 1.08
Total valid votes/Expense limit 38,546 100.00
Total rejected ballots 125 0.32 -0.03
Turnout 38,671 54.08 +5
Eligible voters 71,507

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bell, David (August 6, 2010). "Two educators join Conservative Party nomination race". Alaska Highway News (Fort St. John, B.C.). p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Bob Zimmer makes it three". The Prince George Free Press. September 7, 2010. p. 4. 
  3. ^ Hoekstra, Gordon (April 6, 2011). "Tory's background runs from rugby to carpentry to politics". Prince George Citizen. p. 5. 
  4. ^ Makowsky, Sarah (August 7, 2010). "Contest for Hill seat grows". Prince George Citizen. p. 4. 
  5. ^ Williams, Arthur (March 14, 2011). "Zimmer 'amazed' after nomination win.". Prince George Citizen. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Burnett, Stewart (25 Apr 2011). "Candidates tackle the issues". Dawson Creek Daily News. p. 1. 
  7. ^ Lux, Ryan (June 6, 2011). "Zimmer finds his seat". Alaska Highway News (Fort St. John). p. 2. 
  8. ^ Lux, Ryan (May 5, 2011). "Pension reform: Zimmer says he will investigate MP pension reform to bring them in line with the private sector". Alaska Highway News (Fort St. John). p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Pressing Questions". Alaska Highway News (Fort St. John). April 27, 2011. p. 3. 

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