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The idea of Casino question on ballot has been declined by the Delta Council

Earlier in the week, it was announced that the civic election ballot is not where the Cascades Casino Delta will be situated.

A proposal to have an opinion question asking voters if they support a casino complex in Delta that was put forward by Coun Jeannie Kanakos has been rejected by the Delta council earlier in the week.

Kanakos went on to say that the project which has already received final approval from the council in the summer still receives significant opposition from various residents in the region. He also referred to a query raised in a recent letter, in which the writer asked what would it take to put a simple yes-or-no question on the ballot.

According to Kanakos, “the city would get a better idea of community support by raising a non-binding opinion question especially as the process for the application was hurried.”

Coun. Robert Campbell says he took exception to the accusation that the process was rushed and the public hearing heard from many got over in a couple of days which could have gone on for longer in the city, but unfortunately it ran out of speakers.

Coun. Sylvia Bishop was in agreement with Coun. Robert Campbell’s opinion paying emphasis on the democratic process that was precisely followed, he also said that the application underwent all the required steps, that includes public consultation.

Notably Coun. Heather King, who in the past supported Kanakos in voting against the casino, did not, however, offer supports and went on to raise a question to the ballot, stating that the process should be honored by the council. She also mentioned that she has no intention to “stir up false hope” as it would quash the project.

The B.C. Lottery Corporation has been contracted to receive the final approval for building Gateway’s $70-million casino/hotel complex, which is set to be built at the Delta Town and County Inn in Ladner.

With its grand opening set for 2020, construction work is scheduled to begin this fall.

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