Tabuns to Premier: Local communities not casino lobbyists

Tabuns to Premier: Local communities not casino lobbyists

Today NDP MPP Peter Tabuns asked Premier Kathleen Wynne whether she approves of the Liberal appointed chair of Metrolinx also being a paid lobbyist for MGM Resorts’ efforts to build a casino in Toronto.

“One of the pressing issues with the proposed casino at Exhibition Place will be gridlock,” said Tabuns. “Yet the chair of the very organization that is in charge of coming up with transit solutions — the chair that the Liberal government appointed — is a lobbyist for a casino in Toronto.”

“Is the Premier comfortable with Liberal appointees lobbying for casinos in Toronto over the wishes of the community?” asked Tabuns.

Last July, Metrolinx chair Robert Prichard registered to lobby provincial officials on behalf of MGM resorts. Local residents in Ontario municipalities like Toronto, Hamilton and Kingston are expressing their opposition to a casino in their communities.

“This government is ignoring the voice of people whose communities will be affected,” said Tabuns. “Torontonians can see the government’s utter disregard for their concerns, but Ontarians are also seeing it across the province: in Hamilton and Kingston.”

“Will the Premier be listening more closely to the interests of Liberal insiders or will she allow for a referendum on casinos during the next municipal elections so that communities can have a real say in the process?” asked Tabuns.

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