Next month voters in Kingston will be electing a new council and included in the same vote will be a referendum on whether to allow the OLG to relocate the Thousand Islands casino to Kingston.However, the “No Kingston Casino” campaign is gaining momentum and its head, Anne Lougheed, is confident that they will win. She has developed a three-pronged strategy to persuade residents to vote against the casino and said her first goal is to encourage as many residents as possible to participate in the vote.
The referendum on the casino will only be legally binding if 50% of eligible voters show up and vote on the issue. Otherwise the referendum will carry some political weight, but it won’t be binding.
Members of the campaign will also be attending all of the candidates meetings to ensure that the issue is addressed. At present Lougheed claims that the majority of the six candidates running for mayor are against the casino, but she wants to make sure that the issue remains high on the agenda.
Finally Lougheed and her fellow campaign members intend to go to as many public events as possible to distribute pamphlets and persuade people of the merits of their cause.