The Shwa Tiger-Cats?

Oshawa city council candidate Bill Steele wants the Cats to touchdown in Oshawa if they can’t make...

Oshawa city council candidate Bill Steele wants the Cats to touchdown in Oshawa if they can’t make it work in Steeltown. (JASON HALSTEAD/ QMI Agency)

DON PEAT, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

Municipal politicos are lining up to take in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats if a resolution to the CFL team’s catfight with their hometown can’t be worked out.

Oshawa city council candidate Bill Steele wants the Cats to touchdown in Oshawa if they can’t make it work in Steeltown.

“We have been looking for attractions in Oshawa, and I think we can come together and make Oshawa the new home for Tiger-Cats,” Steele said. “We can get the job done. It’s absolutely doable.”

The fate of the Tiger-Cats has been up in the air since owner Bob Young pulled out of negotiations for the city’s new stadium. Young and the city disagree over the site of the new field.

Steele says Hamilton’s loss could be Oshawa’s gain.

But Oshawa isn’t the only city leaving a light on for the team.

Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz called the Ti-Cats last week to let them know if they are moving, he wants them to take a good look at Milton and Halton Region.

“In no way am I advocating or interfering,” he stressed, adding even he would like to see the team stay in The Hammer. “But if they are leaving, I’m saying, have a serious look at us.”

Milton council candidate Mike Cluett even has a logo for the Milton Tiger-Cats on his campaign website.

A Facebook group partially administered by Cluett is gaining steam.

“We need to keep the team here in Southern Ontario,” Cluett said, adding the new team would be connected by highways linking Hamilton, Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Burlington Councillor Rick Craven says bringing the Ticats to Aldershot, while a popular rumour, would be a long, long shot.

“It sounds funny even when you say (the Aldershot Tiger-Cats),” Craven said. “It’s no shot at all.”

While Craven said the team would be welcome, he stressed Burlington and Halton Region wouldn’t be willing to shell out cash to help set up shop.


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