While some are using robocalls as a method of getting a quick read on whether Hamiltonians support the prospect of casino gambling in the core, Mayor Bratina's latest blog post (see it here), cautions against simplying the question.
As the Mayor points out, distilling the issue into a question makes the phrasing of that question particularly important. Further, he seems to suggest that capturing the various options of gambling venues, may not be achievable through the phrasing of a question.
He writes " There are a number of views held by citizens regarding casino gambling in Hamilton:
Eliminate gambling altogether.
Keep the current operation at Flamborough
Keep the Flamborough operation only if it helps sustain horse racing.
Allow casino proposals for any location.
Allow casino proposals for any location except downtown.
This creates a problem in phrasing a question to use in the public input process required by the Province. The question, “do you approve of a casino in Hamilton” doesn’t encompass the five somewhat different positions identified above."
The mayor further states that making the downtown a "no casino" zone, would likely not withstand a legal challenge, in that a Downtown Secondary Plan approved by council in 2005, allows for a casino as a potential possibility. The Mayor suggests that simply saying No to a casino, would be irresponsible. He invites citizens to provide input by emailing him at email@example.com and putting CASINO BLOG in the subject line.
The Hamiltonian encourages citizens to provide the mayor with your input as well as your local councillor. Please also feel free to express your views here.