I've been saying for years we could use a casino downtown.
But the idea has West Shore politicians worried that the region isn’t big enough to support two casinos.
“We question whether the amount of revenue that they feel [BCLC] is missing is, in fact, in this marketplace and whether or not by opening a second facility what you’re going to do is create two mediocre facilities,” said View Royal Mayor David Screech.
BCLC spokeswoman Laura Piva-Babcock responded that “it would not be in BCLC’s best interests to consider a second facility if there were no additional market to serve.”
View Royal’s casino generated $69.3 million in revenue in 2014-15, down from $70.4 million the previous year, BCLC figures show.
BCLC has asked six communities — Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay and the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations — if they would host a casino smaller than View Royal’s.
- See more at: http://www.timescolo...h.mPaEZ5Ht.dpuf
Gotta love the politicians that can see half their revenue gone.
Langford Mayor Stew Young agreed.
“If they put another one in, it’s going to kill that [expansion] plan for sure. It doesn’t make sense to me,” Young said.
“You’re just going to have two small crappy ones. They should really do one big one, then the tourists and everyone else will go there.”
Right Stew, suddenly your casino is "crappy" if it has competition.