Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected in Windsor later today and the timing of the visit has people talking.

The Windsor-Tecumseh conservative federal riding association nomination meeting was Tuesday night, with councillor Jo-Anne Gignac earning the nod.

What better way to promote a new candidate, than to have the party leader in town.

Harper is expected to be posing for photos at a business roundtable at the Waterfront Hotel tonight. Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Essex MP Jeff Watson will join him.

On Thursday morning, he's expected to make an announcement at Valiant Machine and Tool.

Another photo op is planned for the afternoon, although the location has not been released yet.

Sources tell CTV Windsor the purpose of the visit is to highlight manufacturing and the naming of the new international crossing.

Political science professor Lydia Miljan says there's more to the prime minister’s visit.

“Given that this is an election year I see everything as election oriented,” says Miljan. “The conservatives are in campaign mode. This is part of it and for him to be making an announcement at this time, indicates to me that the party thinks Windsor-Tecumseh is an area they might be able to make some gains in the upcoming election.”

The last time the prime minister paid a visit to Windsor was in June of 2012, when he signed the bridge agreement with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.