Very early Saturday morning, in a divided vote, Surrey city council turned off the lights to Gateway Casinos south Surrey gaming proposal. It was an epic evening with passionate presentations, and on twitter, excellent debate and commentaries. Although I was nearly propping eyelids open with toothpicks by the nearly 2 am vote, I stayed up to follow and hear the council and mayors closing comments prior to their votes. Pros and cons considered objectively, I believe the right decision was made.
Clearly, Rich Coleman doesn’t agree.
While reading his petulant comments in The Province story by Sam Cooper yesterday -more befitting in tone to a toddler temper tantrum than a government minister - I couldn’t help but shake my head at the arrogant sense of entitlement he demonstrated.
“B.C. Lottery Corp. has lost confidence in Surrey politicians and will not “waste time and money” coming to the city with new gaming proposals, says Rich Coleman, the provincial cabinet minister in charge of gaming.
It was Surrey that originally approved casino zoning on the site, Coleman said, and the city asked B.C. Lottery Corp. to include amenities such as the hotel and gaming centre.
Surrey would have received about 10 per cent of annual profits, or $6 million per year, and would also benefit from an increased tax base, Coleman said.
“We met the conditions they asked us to, and the councillors still decided they didn’t want it,” he said.
Coleman said the government will not propose the gambling complex for another site in Surrey, and there are other municipalities that will likely be approached.
“We won’t have any confidence [in council’s decision-making], so we won’t waste time and money,” Coleman said.”
I’m sorry, but what kind of pompous ass, government minister, no less, makes this kind of comment ? Oh wait…what was I thinking… it is Rich Coleman after all…. So, what is the big problem here Rich? Why the outrage ? Did the city of Surrey rain on your parade?
Get an umbrella.
It’s a sad day when a government minister insults municipal politicians because they listened to the people who voted them into office in the first place.
They call it democracy Rich. Something your government has demonstrated, time and time again, to know little about.