All three political parties seem to agree Newfoundland and Labrador doesn’t need a casino, but that isn’t stopping them from talking about it anyway.
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael raised it in question period in the House Monday, after Finance Minister Charlene Johnson said she would give consideration to a casino proposal if one came to the government.
Johnson said the government’s policy is still that it will not approve a casino. But despite that policy, she said if a proposal for a casino came forward, it would be considered.
“What I would say is that we are open-minded. We will always be open-minded for a casino or any other business proposal that comes before us,” she said. “We should only do that due diligence.”
Both the NDP and the Liberals made it clear they think a casino is a bad idea.
“Right now, I do not support setting up a casino in the province,” Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said.
So did incoming premier Frank Coleman, who told The Telegram Monday in a phone call that he wouldn’t rule it out categorically, but made it clear he’s not pushing to make it happen either.
“It isn’t an issue that would rank at the highest on my priority list,” he said.