reported last week that the Province, under the guise of the BC Lottery Commission, would like to plant a new casino on the North Shore.
They figure that the casino would bring in between $25 and 40 million a year, with the lucky municipality that hosts it being offered (in my opinion) a paltry $2+ million.
Am I alone in thinking this is a pretty far-fetched idea?
The question of location alone is interesting.
I can't see West Van ever going for this, and can't think of anywhere in the District that would make sense. (OK, maybe as part of the Lynn Valley Center development.)
Would the City welcome a shiny new casino on the waterfront? On Lonsdale?
Or would a location on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation lands make sense? How much casino traffic could the Dollarton highway survive?
Mayors Musatto and Smith were "unavailable for comment," and Walton would "seek guidance from Council." All of which suggests that they're trying to avoid actually saying anything.
The bigger question is why Victoria is floating this now, in the run-up to the election. Is there a "surprise" in the works?