DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek council decided against a letter in support of the Chances Casino, deciding it could not write letters for every business in every industry.

A letter from the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation to Mayor Dale Bumstead requested a written letter to Premier John Horgan asking for a plan through the provincial government and the Provincial Health Officer to allow for the safe reopening of gaming facilities across the province.

In the discussion period Monday, councillors agreed that the casino has been affected by the pandemic, having being closed down since last March. It was mentioned that residents are having trouble paying taxes and need grants from the government, so the optics of reopening the casino weren’t warranted at this time.

The subject of writing letters in support of individual businesses or business sectors could be a tricky one. Councillors asked if this would set a precedent for writing letters of support for everyone.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman wrote a letter on behalf of Chances Casino in Fort St. John on February 17th, as well as back in September.

Ackerman highlighted the importance of safety, inviting Premier Horgan to do a virtual tour of the new safety measures at the Fort St. John Chances Casino.

Dawson Creek Council decided to support a letter asking for a sector plan for the reopening of casinos.