If a Manitoba politician wants to go somewhere fun but still stay within the borders of the keystone province, nine times out of 10 they seem to head to Churchill.
It was Gary Doer's favourite place to take any other politician -- he gave a trip for two to Churchill to former Alberta premier Ralph Klein when Klein left politics, and has been there with numerous other premiers and former Arizona governor, now homeland security head Janet Napolitano. It was actually on a plane to Churchill with Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the idea of Doer's eventual appointment as ambassador to the United States was hatched.
Last week it was Greg Selinger's turn, taking all the premiers to the polar bear/beluga whale hub for the aboriginal leadership component of the annual premier's meeting. It was a visit that won't soon be forgotten since he took the premiers whale watching on Hudson Bay in very choppy waters. They saw very few whales but did get a good Arctic soaking.
Today it's the federal Conservative Caucus who are on the polar bear express. The caucus -- which counts nine members -- are holding a summer caucus retreat in the northern town. The visit includes a session with the Port of Churchill and the municipal government as well as some fun such as a tour of Polar Bear Jail with Conservative candidate for Churchill, Wally Daudrich, who also happens to operate Lazy Bear Lodge and Café, one of the largest tourism operations in Churchill.