While EDTC General Manager Jim Thibert and Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin can rightly take a bow for their efforts, it probably would not have taken place if it were not for the hotly-contested race in the Niagara Falls riding which includes Fort Erie.
HERE is on article on the subject. From the article:
"Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says it’s clear the timing of the Fort Erie announcement is tied to next Thursday’s by-elections in Niagara Falls and the north Toronto riding of Thornhill."
Yes Tim, it is poitical. Like when you go on radio ads proclaiming your love of your home town when the truth is that you abandoned Fort Erie for a riding with a higher profile/ Alas, they all play political games and the stakes are high because of upcoming provincial elections.
While the details are very sketchy, it may boil down to the number of races, rather than racing days that will make up the 2014 horse racing season at Fort Erie. Speculation is that the track will have 400 races in 2014, similar to the 2013 season. It is yet to be determined if the proposed Year of the Horse Festival will be part of the package.
The earlier Airbus announcement, plus the racetrack announcement is very good news for Fort Erie no matter how you interpret who is responsible.
Meanwhile, unemployment in Niagara tops the national average at 8%. That is for all of Niagara, not just Fort Erie. Infact, it is a trend that is felt in many cities and towns all over Canada and the U.S.
I supposed the Four Councillors of the Apocalypse will be blamed in some way for the high Niagara unemployment rate. (BTW, they were retroactively responsible for the War of 1812.)