Toronto Executive Committee to Hear 200 People at Casino Meeting

The executive committee of Toronto has scheduled to hear the perspective of more than 200 people as a part of the final and decisive casino debate after which it is going to make the decision to pass the issue on to council for approval. Under the leadership of Mayor Rob Ford, the committee will commence the meeting on Monday and begin hearing from the public before discussing a report from city manager Joe Pennachetti.

A short while before the meeting was planned to start, Ford informed reporters that in case the council rejects the casino proposal, he intends to take the issue to the next election. He mentioned that “if it’s a no then I guess it’s an election issue.” The city manager, Pennachetti, recently presented suggestive conditions that must be met if the city decides to go forward with a downtown casino, which includes 50-50 revenue split with the province, gaming floor and hotel size limits, a casino social contract and an expanded convention space. An overwhelming number of 207 people have signed up to speak at the meeting, including former mayor David Crombie.

Perhaps not each and every one will be able to convey their view point in complete detail due to the motion, introduced by Ford, passed limiting each presentation to three minutes and forcing the meeting to end at 8 p.m. Additionally, the motion implied that anyone who fails to speak at the meeting will be allowed to submit their opinion to the committee in writing.

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