From Niagara This Week:
The future of one of Niagara’s two casinos will become clearer Friday.
The fate of Casino Niagara, which first opened its doors in 1996, will be announced at a news conference at 1 p.m. at the facility, said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor on Tuesday.
Closing Casino Niagara was one of the 362 recommendations made in the Drummond Report released late last month. The report was commissioned by the province to look at ways it could eliminate its $16-billion deficit. The casino’s future was muddied further after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) released a report detailing its plans to revitalize the province’s gaming industry. Although Casino Niagara was not named, the report talked about consolidating underperforming facilities, including casinos and slots facilities. The report also called for the establishment of a casino in Toronto.
Craitor said he has met with Finance Minister Dwight Duncan “a number of times” over not only the casinos but gaming issues in Niagara as a whole.