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New Vancouver casino would get $130 M more from local gamblers, $100 M from tourists

February 24th, 2011 · 95 Comments

B.C. Lottery Corporation, Paragon Gaming and PavCo are about to come out of the blocks to start fighting back against the opposition to a casino expansion that suddenly blew up in their faces the last two weeks.

That’s what I learned when I went over to BCLC’s offices today for an interview with the president I’d set up earlier in the week. Another twist to what is becoming a roller-coaster ride for the casino-expansion approval that Vancouver city council has to decide on sometime after the public hearing starts March 7. (With 120 speakers registered, my cautious bet is that it will go for several nights.)

So expect to hear a LOT more from the proponents to combat what the group Vancouver Not Vegas has been doing so skilfully, which is putting out information and marshalling supporters to their cause.

I went to the interview mainly intending just to ask: If the casino expansion isn’t passed, what will that mean? I got a lot more than I expected, including all of this.

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