Last week Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk went to protest city plans to tell the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation that any new Ottawa based casino would have to be located at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
The idea is to ensure the survival of the racetrack; however, it effectively ends Melnyk’s hopes of opening his own casino at the Canadian Tire Centre. Melnyk also complained about a number of other issues such as six city councillors who he claimed were failing to return his phone calls.
One of these six, Councillor Bob Monette, complained that this amounted to bullying. However, Melnyk responded by bringing in his lawyer, Paul Webber, who warned that if the committee votes in favour of the Rideau Carleton motion then “many bad things are going to happen.”
In the middle of a speech claiming that the casino plan was effectively an illegal subsidy to Rideau Carleton which could result in individual officials being help personally liable, Webber was cut off.
In particular Mayor Watson dismissed Webber’s idea of allying with the unsuccessful opponents of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment wishing them “good luck with that.”