March 7, 2013
Queen’s Park - Today Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns questioned the Premier about a second Metrolinx board member working as a paid lobbyist for MGM resorts. Again the concerns about conflict of interest were dismissed by the government.
“Today we learn that another Metrolinx board member is also a paid lobbyist for the Nevada-based company,” said Tabuns. ” Considering MGM’s casino plans include significant transit changes, how does the Premier not see significant conflict of interest with two Metrolinx board members – the very government agency responsible for transit – also being paid lobbyists for MGM resorts?”
Residents in Toronto have organized a grassroots effort to oppose the efforts of wealthly gaming interests to build a new casino in the city.
“This government would rather ignore local residents’ concerns and stand by while Liberal appointees to Metrolinx are being paid by MGM to lobby provincial officials for a casino in the city,” said Tabuns.
“Can the Premier explain why she’s choosing to listen to Liberal insiders who stand to gain from a casino in Toronto instead of the very residents whose community will be affected?” demanded Tabuns.