Want a casino in Brandon? Our mayor and council do, even after we have held two plebiscites on it and told them ‘no casino in Brandon.’
Makes you wonder who they are trying to please, Selinger and his NDP government, First Nations chiefs or property owners, near downtown Brandon. By the way, who owns property in downtown Brandon?
Brandon seems to be getting along fine, we have lots of immigrants settling in (but, not enough reasonably priced housing).
People are relatively happy and get along, good shopping and restaurants and lots of lots of recreation areas.
A city casino does not bring a lot of money into a city. In fact, I’d say it helps remove money.
Some First Nations own property between Trans-Canada Highway and the Brandon airport, they want to build a casino on that property, it’s a better location. If they are going to build a casino, that’s the place to build it.
The only type of casino that should be allowed to be built in our city should be one fully owned by the City of Brandon, or a provincially owned one. If it is partially owned by First Nations, they can sign all the papers the city wants — that everything will be shared, that they will never apply for it to become an urban reserve, whatever. But no matter what, you can’t take away their rights, whether agreed to, signed or whatever.
If mayor and council don’t want to listen to the citizens who elected them, they better think again, or not run for office next election.
No means no. Can’t you get it straight?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 17, 2012