Is the casino issue rearing its head in Ottawa again?
A prominent Ottawa lobbyist has been kicking around Queen’s Park working for a U.S. commercial gambling outfit. Where that leads? Who knows?
Many locations are available for an Ottawa casino. Two immediately come to mind.
There are all kinds of possibilities for development at the new LeBreton Flats project though no one has said that a casino is being considered. The Ottawa Senators were part of a group that wanted to bring a casino to the Canadian Tire Centre in 2013. That was shot down by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson who made Sens owner Eugene Melnyk furious by his decision.
Photo above: Could the casino issue be back in Ottawa?
There’s no evidence that Melnyk is associated with the lobbying at Queen’s Park.
What we do know is that LeBreton is being developed in part with a new Senators arena and the old Canadian Tire Centre requires some kind of re-use or demolition in the future.
The city lobby registry has no evidence of anyone pumping for a casino there except Melnyk in 2013. That shows little except that Melnyk was interested three years ago. Does that interest continue? Hard to say.
Certainly a casino would be a great source of revenue for Melnyk and his hockey club that is experiencing some attendance problems recently.
So what is to be taken from all this?
That an Ottawa lobbyist is at Queen’s Park pumping for a major U.S. gambling entity. That is all.
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