Despite a vote against any casino project in Toronto in 2013, the province could breathe new life into the idea. Ontario’s Minister of Finance does not rule out the construction of a casino on the shores of Lake Ontario. “No decision has been made,” he insists.
At a media scramble at Queen’s Park, Vic Fedeli, who is also responsible for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, says he has had no discussion with Premier Doug Ford on this issue.
I do not close the door and I do not open the door.
Vic Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Finance
In 2013, Las Vegas giants, including MGM, were exploring the possibility of opening a casino in downtown Toronto. Toronto municipal officials voted against any casino project in the municipality. Then-Mayor Rob Ford was in favor. He blamed the province for this failure as Kathleen Wynne’s government refused to commit up to $ 100 million in royalties in Toronto.
The Liberals have screwed up this file , says Vic Fedeli today. We have to work together to reach an agreement together , he adds.
Toronto mayor John Tory, who is currently seeking a second term, opposes this idea.
Toronto does not need and should not have a casino downtown or on the waterfront. We have other gaming options in the city.
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto and Candidate for the 2018 Election
Also in 2013, when the Liberal government began a revitalization of Ontario Place, it did not close the door to building a casino on the site . Later, he proposed green spaces and a trail in honor of former Ontario Premier Bill Davis, who opened the site in 1971.
A winter festival was organized on the site last year.
Opposition against the project
The head of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park, Andrea Horwath, says she is absolutely against any casino project on the shores of the Queen City.
I am pretty sure that [Toronto’s] city council has taken a stand on this issue in the past.
Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official NDP Opposition
Liberal MP Marie-France Lalonde said Torontonians should be consulted in any discussion of a possible casino in Toronto.
Based in Mississauga, Frank Sinjat is a Senior Editor at Spruce Tribune. Previously he has worked for SprotsNet and the Hockey News. Frank is a graduate of Sports Recreation and Leisure at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. You can reach Fredrick via email or by phone