“We are going back to Surrey, and we are also going to Delta, and Tsawwassen First Nation to see if there is any interest in hosting a gaming facility.”
The BC Lottery Corporation is taking another kick at the can in getting a casino built South of Fraser.
BCLC Spokesperson Angela Koulyras says enough time has passed since Surrey, with then-mayor Dianne Watts casting the deciding vote, closed the door on a casino proposal widely opposed by the community.
“Three years have gone by since we were out in that market. A lot has changed. The population has continued to grow. We have continued to monitor the marketplace, and we are still seeing significant opportunity there for us to better serve our customers. We are still seeing that there is a market potential that is not being captured in that region.”
BCLC estimates a casino South of the Fraser would generate between $25 to $50-million, of which between $1.5 to $3 million would flow to the local government.
South of the Fraser isn’t alone: BCLC is also looking to build a gaming facility on the North Shore.
Jill Bennett spoke with Delta mayor Lois Jackson about what she thinks of the idea:
“We’re open to ask the questions ans get some answers ans certainly have some discussion on the matter.”
In terms of where a casino could go, Jackson says Ladner proper, Tsawwassen and North Delta are finite areas, so they’d need to look at that.