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    Believe it or not, Hudak skips potentially embarrassing Niagara Falls attraction

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    From the Canadian Press (via Yahoo! News):

    Campaign officials work hard to keep their leader in the best possible light and out of potentially embarrassing situations.

    So it seemed too good to be true Saturday when Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s schedule indicated he would visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.,

    Journalists were salivating at all the jokes that could be made, to say nothing of what the Liberals and the NDP hoped would come out of the photo-op.

    Perhaps someone at Tory headquarters realized the fun critics could have with a photo of Hudak underneath the words “believe it or not,” because the event was cancelled at the last minute.

    Hudak also abandoned tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s ironic to hear Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak accuse the Liberal government of “abandoning” tourism in Niagara Falls, but that’s politics.

    Hudak and Conservative tourism critic Ted Arnott blasted Liberal Tourism Minster Michael Chan for not visiting Niagara Falls since he became the provincial cabinet minister responsible for the industry in January.

    While Hudak met last week with business leaders from Niagara’s industry, Arnott emailed (for at least the third time) a press release saying “McGuinty Liberals abandon Niagara tourism.”

    But when it comes to abandoning Niagara, Hudak seems to have a short memory. In 1995, he was part of the Mike Harris government that scrapped plans to move the entire Ministry of Tourism headquarters to Queen Street, Niagara Falls from downtown Toronto.

    If the Tories had relocated the ministry office to the Honeymoon Capital from the provincial capital, every tourism minister would have visited Niagara Falls regularly to check in with the bureaucracy staff.

    Tourism minister needs a map to find Falls: Hudak

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak offered to pick up a map for Liberal Tourism Minister Michael Chan to help the government’s point man for the industry find his way to one of the province’s most popular destinations.

    “I just think it’s shocking someone who has the title Minister of Tourism has not bothered to visit Niagara Falls, particularly given the concerns that we have as we head into this tourism season,” Hudak said after meeting local industry representatives Wednesday in Niagara Falls.

    Tories raise questions about Maid of the Mist deal

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    From CTV Toronto:

    The controversy over a 25-year lease renewal for the Maid of the Mist tourist boats in Niagara Falls spilled into the Ontario legislature Monday, with the Opposition alleging political interference by the Liberal government.

    The Niagara Parks Commission decided to extend the lease with the American operators of the tour boats, the Maid of the Mist Steamboat Company, without putting it out for competitive bids, prompting a lawsuit and an investigation by Ontario’s integrity commissioner.

    The Liberals are already under fire over millions of dollars in untendered contracts awarded by eHealth Ontario and shouldn’t be approving this one, said Progressive Conservative critic Bob Runciman.

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