Re: Why Joanne Chianello has the casino all wrong
Ken, the real driving force in gambling these days is online gambling as I wrote on your blog last week.
The economic benefits will be the same at Rideau-Carleton because they will have to expand their facilities ( ie. new construction) while maintaining the horse racing industry instead of killing it. Tourists already go to RCR. As OLG stated last Tuesday, RCR is one of their strongest partners right now. Why ruin a good thing?
Few residents want a downtown casino. If you want proof then let’s find out for real by conducting a public opinion survey so we have the facts before Council makes a decision. Rushing to make decisions, as the Mayor likes to do, is just a way of strong arming residents and Councillors into supporting his position before they have all the facts in front of them.
From my perspective, Wednesday’s vote will be a clear indication to Ottawa residents as to which City Councillors vote according to what they believe residents want as opposed to those who just follow the Mayor’s direction.
We don’t need Yes-men on Council, we need people who will make decisions that benefit the greatest number of people at all times.
Casinos are passé. The public instinctively knows this. Why not politicians?