From the Globe and Mail:
The Niagara Parks Commission, the secretive provincial agency that manages the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, has been ordered to review its decision to extend the Maid of the Mist’s monopoly on boat tours of the world-famous landmark.
The Queen’s Park directive follows two government-ordered reviews of the agency launched in March after The Globe and Mail reported on complaints that the commission granted a 25-year lease extension to the U.S.-owned Maid of the Mist without inviting bids from would-be competitors. The commission meets in private and reports to the Ministry of Tourism.
One of the reviews dealt with governance, and was conducted by an outside accounting firm, while the other was a government audit of the agency’s procurement and leasing activities.