Plans for casinos in Ontario have been disrupted since Premier Kathleen Wynne fired the CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Paul Godfrey.
When the news was announced the entire board of the OLG resigned in protest. Over recent times Wynne has expressed publicly that she is uncomfortable with the OLG’s ambitious expansion plans and complaints from racetracks about the loss of slot machines.
Deputy Finance Minister Steve Orsini has been pointed to an interim board along with Associate Deputy Finance Minister Greg Orencsak and Deputy Environment Minister Gail Beggs.
Prior to his dismissal, Godfrey had been planning for 29 casino zones in Ontario headed by a quality casino in downtown Toronto.
Wynne and the Liberal Party now face the problem of raising the funds that were expected to be generated by the gaming expansion which was originally designed under the Progressive Conservative Party.
In the meantime, they Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has said that there will not be a casino in the city unless he gets $100 million a year instead of the $53.7 million provided by the OLG formula. However, overall Ford is understood to be pro-casino.