City politicians have reacted with a great deal of skepticism to those who are pitching Hamilton as the future host of the Canadian Comedy Festival and Museum.
Ward 8’s Terry Whitehead stresses that “what I didn’t hear is far more important than what I did hear”, Ancaster’s Lloyd Ferguson insists that he needs answers around cost and site location and Stoney Creek Councillor Brad Clark wonders how you secure an audience “when hall of fames typically don’t draw crowds”.
Clark also worries about being used in a bidding war, as proponents have also had discussions with Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Toronto in recent years.
In the short-term, they are asking the city for 200 thousand dollars a year over each of the next five years to host the comedy awards festival.
The issue has been placed in the lap of the city manager for a detailed report.