Last month, former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray was appointed to the British Columbia Lottery Corp.'s board of directors. But some might find that appointment - which will put him in charge of administering the province's gambling industry - passingly curious. After all, back in 1997, Mr. Gray expressed concern about three new applications for destination casino licenses in the Okanagan. Speaking with B.C. Christian News's John Keery, the then municipal politician said he believed the increased emphasis on gambling would have long-term costs for the community. "It is a case of the proliferation of gambling. We worry for the future, but there is little we can do." Explained Mr. Gray, "We are talking about a (provincial) government desperate to create new and increased revenue sources. The city and regional district are going to have to come up with a pretty powerful argument to ward off an application for a destination casino."
December 6, 2007