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A moment with the prime minister

   When the press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrapped up, a Niagara Falls woman had her chance to mingle with the powerful.

   Norma Higgs, chairwoman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, sat in the front row during Harper's appearance at the Queenston toll plaza today.

   After Harper spoke and took questions from reporters, he started working the room. He walked over and began chatting with Higgs, who had been sitting with other commissioners.

   Higgs said she introduced herself and thanked the prime minister for coming.

   She then told him her father was Canadian, to which Harper responded with a story about a relative who was an American and had lived in Berlin.

   "We're all together in this," she said. "My dad was Canadian. Most of my relatives are Canadian."

   Higgs said she was excited to have been invited to meet the prime minister.

   Read a story about Harper's visit here.

  -- Aaron Besecker


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