Saskatchewan

As election call looms, flurry of federal cash announced in Sask.

There's been a shower of federal cheques in Saskatchewan in the last few days as speculation mounts that an election call is imminent.

Conservative politicians announce cash for roads, sewers, curling rinks

With an election call possibly days away, Conservative MPs have been busy announcing money for various projects in Saskatchewan. On Friday, Saskatoon's Kelly Block was talking about $11.5 million for 26 infrastructure projects. (Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)

There's been a shower of federal cheques in Saskatchewan in the last few days as speculation mounts that an election call is imminent.

From Monday to Friday, Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers were announcing millions in federal money for roads, sewers, curling rinks and more in the province..

On Friday, Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block was involved in announcements — along with provincial politicians and officials — on 26 water, sewer and road projects in various cities, towns and villages.

The federal contributions totalled $11.4 million and ranged from $1.6 million for a water treatment upgrade in Meadow Lake to $33,000 for arsenic filters in Loon Lake.

Pools, curling rinks being upgraded

A day earlier, it was Conservative MP Andrew Scheer's turn. He announced $535,388 in federal money for seven programs, including a pool upgrade in Cupar and a skating rink refurbishment in Indian Head.

One of the busiest Conservatives in the past few days has been Palliser MP Ray Boughen. He announced $810,000 for affordable house units in Regina on Wednesday, plus $136,000 for a "trench art" exhibition in Moose Jaw.

On Monday, he was part of the announcement for a $482,547 donation to the Pla-Mor Palace Arena in Moose Jaw and a $123,500 contribution to the Pense Memorial Rink.

Ritz also busy

Agriculture Minister and Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz has also been involved in a slew of announcements in recent days, including a $10-million federal contribution to a livestock and forage centre of excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.

CBC News has learned that an election call could come as early as Sunday. Election day is fixed at Oct. 19. 

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