Giant duck isn’t all it’s quacked up to be: op­po­si­tion Tories

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

TORONTO — An On­tario gov­ern­ment grant of about $120,000 that is go­ing to­ward a giant rub­ber duck for Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tions is ruf­fling some feathers.

The 18.6 me­tre, 13,600-kilo­gram yel­low duck is be­ing brought to Toronto by the Red­path Water­front Fes­ti­val, re­port­edly at a to­tal cost of $200,000, com­bin­ing other fund­ing.

It’s be­ing billed as a tourist at­trac­tion — with par­tic­u­lar In­sta­gram and selfie ap­peal — and will also be taken to other com­mu­ni­ties in On­tario. On­tario’s Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives say they’re un­clear on the giant duck’s con­nec­tion to Canada’s her­itage cel­e­bra­tions and call it a waste of tax­payer money.

Tourism, Cul­ture and Sport Min­is­ter Eleanor McMa­hon says the prov­ince has been fund­ing the water­front fes­ti­val for the past three years and it does a good job pro­mot­ing tourism.

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