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    Falls will feel HST pinch: PC critic

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Dalton McGuinty will have his hands in honeymooners’ pockets with the introduction of the harmonized sales tax, according to the Progressive Conservative party’s tourism critic.
    Ted Arnott, MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, was in Niagara Falls Tuesday to talk tourism. Speaking to a group of residents and tourists at the bottom of Clifton Hill, he outlined some possible effects the new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) could have on tourism in the honeymoon capital.
    “It (the HST) is going to impact negatively on tourism,” said Arnott.

    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.

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