Tell Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council to respect the wishes of the community that they represent, not the Casino!

Ask Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council to respect the wishes of the community and deny Gateway a gambling license for the proposed South Surrey Casino.

The City of Surrey’s own report shows that 83.5% of Surrey residents oppose the proposed South Surrey casino and entertainment complex. Within 5kms of the complex, the number opposed goes up to an overwhelming 94.3% opposed.

The residents of Surrey clearly do not want this casino no matter how many Gateway employees are bussed in from out of town!

According to a recent Toronto Board of Health Report, casinos raise significant public health concerns and cause a major increase in gambling addictions. Increased crime, lower property values, loss of our unique community feel, and increased social issues could be the future for South Surrey in exchange for the $3 Million that Gateway claims Surrey will receive each year that boils down to just $23 per household. Would you be willing to accept $23 in payment for more crime and poverty down the street from where you live? No, of course not. But that is exactly what BCLC and Gateway are asking Surrey Tax Payers to accept. It is a bad deal for Surrey and it is a bad deal for the community. Just say NO to this proposed South Surrey Casino.

Let’s make sure we have the numbers we need to send the right message to City Hall in time for the January 14th Public Hearing. Show the Mayor and Surrey City Council that Marvin Hunt got it right when he voted to deny Gateway a Casino Gaming License at the December 10th Land Use Committee meeting.

Surrey does not want this proposed South Surrey Casino. Sign the petition now at chn.ge/Zo03H7!

4 thoughts on “Tell Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council to respect the wishes of the community that they represent, not the Casino!

  1. Great to see the on-line petition, but the link isn’t highly visible. Is it possible to add a button at the top of the home page?

  2. For the last few weeks, I have been sporting a little red and white button that simply says CASINO, with the NO ENTRY symbol over top, i.e. NO CASINO. It’s not very big, nor, in the global picture, is the issue of whether or not South Surrey/White Rock has one imposed on it’s citizens.

    Nevertheless, at almost every place I have stopped in the area, with my little button, someone has come up to me and said ‘good for you’ or ‘I agree entirely’ or ‘tell me more’. Contrary to what I expected, most of these were not retired people with perhaps out-dated ideas, but rather young moms and dads, just those people who are accused of not caring, not being engaged in the political process.

    If we ask why we haven’t heard much from this group, maybe we are out of touch ourselves. They have no more time, no more energy, and no extra resources to give, as they struggle to hold up their end of the deal in the ‘new economy’. This doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned about the effect of ever greater access to risky behaviour for their families, and the diversion of ever more of our precious green land base to parking lots. But they don’t have a team of corporate lobbyists to represent their viewpoint. Unless city councillors stand with residents as their -already paid through property tax- lobbyists.

    Our own community is a good place to start making the world a better place. In advance of the City of Surrey PUBLIC HEARING of January 14th, we could try operating our democracy, putting to work our elected mayor and council.

    Alisa Wilson

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