MGM Grand Resorts plans for casino expansion in Toronto are causing some controversy.
Just a few hours after Jim Murren, the MGM Grand Resorts International CEO stated that Toronto has a “little bit better than a 50/50 chance of actually coming through with this” casino expansion, the National Post ran a story with the headline “Majority of Toronto supports building a casino: poll”.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, found that 54% of the 906 people polled “either strongly or somewhat support a new gambling venue” in Toronto. According to John Wright, Ipsos’ senior vice president, 54% represents “a significant lead” rather than “a slight edge.”
However, some councillors on the Toronto and East York Community Council as well as CNE Association President Brian Ashton don’t think that support for casino expansion is very wide spread.
Councillors are claiming that they cannot get ay straight answers regarding casino expansion and they have also queried how the 11,000 parking spaces needed for the expansion can be accommodated.
Councillor Sam Merulla has said that he will once again be pushing for a referendum on downtown casino expansion.