Say what you will about the firing of Ontario Lottery and Gaming chairman Paul Godfrey and the resignation of its entire board of governors, but at the very least it suggests the province’s once-ambitious plans to modernize and expand the gambling industry have been put on the back-burner.
Godfrey was dismissed Thursday evening, just hours after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford accused the province of dragging its feet on plans to build a casino in the city’s downtown. A downtown Toronto casino was to be the jewel in the crown of a massive OLG modernization that was said to include as many as 29 new casinos and bring more revenue into provincial coffers.
The Canadian Press reports that Godfrey's dismissal triggered the entire OLG board to resign in protest, leaving the corporation completely leaderless just as massive plans for expansion were coming to a head.
Godfrey was appointed head of OLG in 2010 under former premier Dalton McGuinty, who had indicated he wanted the government-run gamingRead More »from Ontario’s gambling modernization plan in question after Paul Godfrey fired