Comment 83934

By j (registered) | Posted December 14, 2012 at 13:56:29

This seems to be to be a paradigmatic example of govt insularity. The province wants money to give to cities and pay for things like doctor salaries, a c@sino brings in money. The externalities are borne by private people and first their families and second the welfare state. We are already a nanny state Captain Kirk. We take care of people who fall below the poverty line and, much more dramatically, the health effects of this. Addictions are increasingly being seen as disablements warranting disability benefits. But unless you can get the operator to pay for those externalities you are most likely getting a bad deal. It's a bit ironic that the govt is currently going after tobacco manufacturers for their ill-gotten wages of sin and yet ploughing ahead with their own.

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