Layoffs Coming At Casino Montreal

Published: February 24, 2014 12:52 pm EST

It has been reported that layoffs are on the horizon at the Montreal Casino in Quebec.

The news comes courtesy of a report by the Montreal Gazette, which has quoted Société des casinos du Québec spokesperson Patrick Howe as saying, “It’s not like it was 20 years ago, we aren’t the only show in town.”

Howe went on to say, “There are 89 casinos beyond Quebec’s borders but within one day’s travel of Montreal. You look at places like Atlantic City and Akwasasne, where they can organize cheap trips to their casinos. And, of course, there are thousands of websites people can use. We have to fight for our customers now.”

The report states that a spokesperson for the Montreal Casino would not specify how many employees would be affected by the layoffs.

“The government wants more revenue from Loto-Québec (which runs the province’s casinos),” Stéphane Larouche, a chapter president of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux, has been quoted as saying in the article. “But there’s a human cost to this.”

(With files from the Montreal Gazette)