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Ford "Open To The Idea" Of T.O. Casino

Published: October 11, 2012 4:50 pm ET

Last Comment: October 11, 2012 9:01 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has gone on the record as saying that he is still willing to consider casino expansion within the city if it part of an entertainment complex. He has also said that if expansion comes to fruition, he will be looking at getting the most money for Toronto as possible.

A report by Sun Media has quoted Ford as saying that he is still "open to the idea" of casino expansion in the city, and that “If people can come and give us a good plan and it creates good paying jobs as an entertainment complex, I’ll definitely consider it.”

When asked about a specific location, Ford had no firm answers. “It’s hard to say, right now, Exhibition, Port Lands, Woodbine --- wherever we can get the most money.”

The Sun Media report centered around the Toronto and East York Community Council public meeting on the topic of casino expansion which took place Wednesday night. The meeting heard voices from members of the public and other organizations that were both for and against the proposed expansion.

(With files from Sun Media)

October 11, 2012 - 9:01 pmAs mayor of Toronto, Ford

As mayor of Toronto, Ford should know that Exhibition and port lands are in zone C1 and Woodbine is in C2. Only one zone can have a major casino. WEG would probably be happy to stay the same size it is now. Nevertheless, it seems obvious that the industry can only survive if it becomes independent of a corrupt OLG board and idiot politicians. I suspect that, after privatization, the OLG will be able to cut its staffing from 18000 to 8000 or less. This would save about 500 million a year. Perhaps that was the real reason for cancelling SAR.


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