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Federal money hinted at for conference centre renovations

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The possibility of federal money being available for the proposed $22 million conference centre renovations has been raised by a number of people in Whistler.

Some sources have suggested the federal government might even be willing to pick up the entire cost as part of a large event held in Whistler.

MLA Ted Nebbeling said Wednesday that it was speculation at this point to say that the federal government would fund the renovations, but added there have been talks with people who have connections with the federal government.

Asked about a Swiss group that has been scouting Whistler Nebbeling said: "I’ve heard rumours – I’ve heard more than rumours. There have been some discussions with Swiss people about a conference in Whistler, but I’m not officially involved with it, at least not at this time."

MP John Reynolds said if a town is hosting a major event a community can always approach the federal government to help with funding, but added he has not been approached by anyone.

Tourism Whistler President Suzanne Denbak was out of town Wednesday and not available for comment.

Whistler Mayor Hugh O’Reilly was in meetings all day Wednesday and also unavailable for comment.

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