Oakville, St Catharines MPs jump at the chance to tour with Theodore Tugboat


Published July 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm


If you live anywhere near Lake Ontario, there’s a good chance that there’s one celebrity you’re hoping to see this summer.
That would be Theodore Tugboat, the star of the TV show that had an eight year run on the CBC and PBS.

So when Theodore docked at the Port Weller Dry Docks in St Catharines yesterday (July 19), even local and visiting MPs became a little star-struck.

Oakville MP Anita Anand, Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey and St Catharines’ MP Chris Bittle all jumped at the opportunity to take a ride on the celebrity tugboat.

After touring the Port Weller, the largest Canadian-owned dry dock facility on the Great Lakes, the three MPs all had an opportunity to see the restoration and refit work done by the dock’s employees on the Canada Coast Guards’ CCGS Pierre Radisson.

And then it was time to step aboard Theodore.

Anand, the federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement who is responsible for Canada getting tens of millions COVID-19 vaccines, was in St Catharines to visit the Seymour-Hannah COVID-19 clinic, along with Badawey and Bittle.

Afterwards, she posted on Twitter, “Congrats to the women and men of @heddleshipyards on the completion of the @coastguardcan CCGS Pierre Radisson refit work. It was great to tour the Port Weller Dry dock with @bittlec and @vbadawey.”

And, of course, she had a nod for one of Canada’s biggest TV celebrities. “Thanks for the opportunity to take a ride on @therealtheodoretugboat.”

Theodore’s stop in St Catharines came on his voyage to the Port of Hamilton, which will become the little tugboat’s permanent home.

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