Statement from Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Regarding A Casino At Ontario Place
The following statement was issued by Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport:
"In February I established an Advisory Panel led by John Tory and respected community leaders to provide our government with strategic advice as we move forward to full transformation of Ontario Place.
As part of its consultative work, the Advisory Panel considered the question of building a casino on the Ontario Place site. In a letter delivered to me yesterday, Mr. Tory advised that the Advisory Panel recommends against building a casino at Ontario Place.
On behalf of the McGuinty government, I have accepted the Panel's recommendation. When a Request for Qualifications is issued to the international community later this year, we will ask that submissions address parkland, commercial, retail, residential, recreation and entertainment uses for the Ontario Place site -- not a casino.
A new Ontario Place is part of the McGuinty government's plan to grow tourism through investments that will stimulate Ontario's economy, create jobs, and develop exciting new opportunities and experiences."