Letter to the Editor – Mark A MacDonald OPEN Letter to Cornwall Ontario Mayor & Council on Bringing a Casino to Cornwall

Letter to the Editor – Mark A MacDonald OPEN Letter to Cornwall Ontario Mayor & Council on Bringing a Casino to Cornwall

Greetings Mr. Mayor and Council:

The Ontario Government has recently been discussing plans to overhaul gambling in the province and at the same time the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission have plans to unlock greater funding for health care and education.

In a recent interview OLG Chairman Paul Godfrey said OLG would not make a move to build a casino in Toronto or anywhere else in Ontario until it knew the stance of the local government.

I strongly urge this Council to at least discuss the issue and see if we could take the first step in the “Cornwall Casino” project by
following Chairman Godfrey’s suggestion and find out the stance of the local government.

On a personal note, I think that there is land available on the waterfront for a Casino and Entertainment Centre and also we are
already seeing lots of our local money end up at the other Casinos.   It would be nice to see some of this money stay at home.

Respectfully yours,

Mark A. MacDonald – Cornwall Ontario

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7 Comments on "Letter to the Editor – Mark A MacDonald OPEN Letter to Cornwall Ontario Mayor & Council on Bringing a Casino to Cornwall"

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They had a chance at this before. I wonder if they will stick to their original decision, or finally move forward into the current century.

Mike Bedard

I agree! I wrote something very similar while discussing Cornwall’s lack of a full-time tourist attraction. Definitely worth discussing!


Living in Cornwall is rather like a casino already. The luck of the draw determines whether you get decent service that people are not on strike. And most of all, whether you get a job

Shari Larkin

I believe a casino on the waterfront would be an excellent addition to the Cornwall economy. It would also open up other business opportunities. I hope they pursue this.

Dave Windsor
I agree with Mark. Though Mark is certainly not the first to forward this idea, he is timely in that Ontario is now looking at expanding Casinos. While acknowledging the churches and others in opposition it has come down to sink or swim. Do we continue to erode Cornwalls financial base(that of citizens willing to part company with there dollars in hopes of fun and bigger wins) continuing to move to other towns outside of our catch basin. Do we instead go for broke in hopes of their retention here at a chance of enrighing our own coffers while sharing… Read more »

I’d like to see Mike Bedard on council but he’s hanging himself with his daily self-important comments which will come back to haunt him. Just saying.

Mark MacDonald has been trying to bring gambling to the area ever since he and his brother tried to quietly get slots into their Print Barn business on Power Dam Drive a few years back. Fortunately, town council halted them in their tracks then as I hope city council does now. My response to Pastor Tom Newton’s letter on the subject; “Problem gambling is gambling behavior that creates negative consequences for the gambler, others in his or her social network, or for the community.” <<< As a past member of a service club in Cornwall, I still shudder when I… Read more »