Delta is bracing for proposed casino venue overseen by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment and the conversation around it is once again on the rise. Only recently a group of Delta residents made its way to the City Council asking local officials to put a halt on the gaming project for the time being, at least until more information is issued around the money-laundering allegations within British Columbia’s casino sector.
Across the province calls for public inquiry seeking more information and the public input on money laundering in casino venues have become louder than ever. Some of the communities have decided to stay away from casino expansion for the time being, as they fear that dirty money washing would eventually make their way to those proposed casino venues. One example is the City of Victoria that voted to take no action on possible casino venue in January. Now Delta residents want to follow suit and hit the pause button on Cascades Casino Delta.
Locals Want Casino Project Delay
The group that made its way to the Council this week included members of the community among who Aimee McKinney who spoke before the Council members that have the authority to make or break casino development in the area. Among her major arguments opposing gambling facility construction within the borders of Delta was that construction was greenlighted by the previous Mayor and City Council.
The official location where casino operation would take place if Delta decides to disregard these recent requests is at the old Delta Town & Country Inn which would have to be demolished prior to the groundbreaking. Former Delta Mayor Lois Jackson gave a nod in July 2018, later followed by the approval of British Columbia Lottery Corporation in November 2018, but ever since then, more information has been issued revealing money laundering’s true scope.
The potential figure could soon reach more than CA$2 billion according to reports issued by former Mountie Peter German later followed by a more extensive investigation on the subject. Mrs. McKinney asked the Council to update its goals when it comes to casino operation and delay the project until more information is publicly available.
Cashless Casino Venue Could Solve Issue
She pointed out that the true scope of organized crime across the province is yet to be revealed in its entirety and casino operation has the potential to become the next casino laundromat, as the venues have been referred to in the Dirty Money report issued last summer. A thorough investigation is still in progress, although Delta community doubts the true proficiency of British Columbia Lottery Corporation at this point.
With more people stating they find the lack of action against money laundering ongoing for years, locals have their reservations about it. Council members would have the last say when it comes to casino launch. Ministry of Transportation has yet to issue its position on the CA$70-million casino venue that would give green light to the project. Councilor Lois Jackson stated that the request is reasonable and a report is currently being devised, in addition to Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord’s participation with an additional report.
One of the ways in which the community could prevent the washing of copious amount of cash in their local gambling facility is by making it a cashless one. Last week Mayor George Harvie announced that he is planning to make his way to Ottawa and discuss the possibility that could eliminate potential money laundering on site. This feat has been among his goals as Mayor and he is determined to accomplish it. Discussions are currently in progress and would continue until February 28.