TORONTO – A city council vote on whether or not to approve a casino in downtown Toronto has been delayed until May.
The mayor’s executive committee was supposed to get a staff report on the casino next week and then recommend a council vote for April.
However, reports say the timing was changed because city staff are still compiling information, while other reports suggest the eventual council vote is too close to call.
OLG chairman Paul Godfrey told The Globe and Mail that he thinks the casino vote will pass or fail by only a vote or two — either way.
The delay means council won’t get around to the first vote now until at least May. That vote will only be to consider whether the city should have a casino. The details of who would build it and where would be considered in further council session.
Meanwhile, deputy mayor Doug Holyday thinks council should wait until there is political certainty at Queen’s Park.