Canadian Authorities Skeptical of High Wire Act

August 3, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 3, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - Daredevil high wire walker Nik Wallenda will meet with Canadian officials on Thursday as he seeks permission to perform a stunt above Niagara Falls.

"Every walk I do there's obstacles in the way. There's already somebody or something that comes across negative," said Wallenda, who met with reporters for a news conference at Niagara Falls State Park on Wednesday afternoon.

"I live for those sort of things. Those are the stumbling blocks that sort of happen," he said.

Wallenda needs permission to perform the high wire act from both New York State and Ontario governments.

The New York State Legislature has already passed a bill which would allow Wallenda to tightrope walk nearly 200 feet above the falls and gorge.

Wallenda met with state officials on Wednesday, which could pave the way for Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill.

But Canadian officials are holding out.

New York politicians see Wallenda's death-defying stunt as a perfect publicity and advertising engine for tourism.

"I don't know how many -- maybe a million people coming, a lot of people, a lot of eyes on this area," said Assemblyman John Ceretto. "They're going to spend a lot of dollars here. It'll be great for Niagara Falls."