Casino liquor licence supported

City council will support the Treasure Cove Casino’s application for a liquor licence that will allow it to serve alcohol to customers in the casino itself, rather than just the show room and restaurant.

This will increase the amount of people they can serve liquor to from just over 250 to just over 1,200.

When the matter came before council both Coun. Lyn Hall and Coun. Brin Skakun recused themselves from the proceedings, Hall because his company audits the casino and Skakun because his son will soon be working there.

John Major, who owns the casino, took an opportunity to address council regarding his application during Monday’s council meeting.

He spoke about the security that will be provided when alcohol sales increase as well as the fact there will not be an outdoor patio so increased noise should not be an issue.

He added that, in the province, currently 13 out of 17 casinos offer alcohol to customers who utilize the slots, poker tables and gaming rooms.

Coun. Albert Koehler said he would not support the request.

“It will contribute to more gambling,” he said.

Coun. Murry Krause said he believed people would make their own choices, but asked the casino continue to be vigilant, watching for those who have issues with controlling their gambling.

Council approved the request with one opposed.

The Treasure Cove was a campaign contributor to several members of council, including Mayor Shari Green, who received campaign contributions from the casino of $13,440 and $873 from the Treasure Cove Hotel.

“Supporting candidates during an election is anyone’s choice,” Green said in a statement given to the Free Press. “My vote is based on the information in front of me, not who is in front of me. I vote what I believe is the right thing to do, and I don’t waiver in that.

“I was supported by Treasure Cove and by Northern Steel during the last campaign. Last evening, I voted in favour of one application and against the other.

“This issue of conflict has been raised in previous court cases. In essence, if candidates for local government office may be precluded from subsequently voting on matters, in which contributors have an interest, citizens may be discouraged from taking part in the democratic process by supporting the candidate or candidates of their choice. All contributions were fully disclosed as required by legislation, and do not amount to a conflict of interest.”


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