Gamblers say parking major reason casino should go to Rideau Carleton

There’s plenty of parking at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.

That’s the main reason why Ottawans polled there Monday said they’d support a casino in that location.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Jim Watson announced he’s ruling out a downtown casino and throwing his support behind Rideau Carleton as the site, should a new casino come here.

“That’s a wiser decision than spending millions of dollars to build a new one,” said east-end resident Robert White.

“Why don’t you just turn around and upgrade this? Because there’s a lot more parking here. Downtown — I wouldn’t even go downtown. It’s a madhouse down there to try and park.”

Sam Daoud from Riverside South concurs.

“Definitely, in an open place like (RCC) parking would be much easier than downtown. That’s a no-brainer,” said Daoud.

Since he lives in the neighbourhood, “I would come here more than I would go downtown,” said Daoud.

A downtown location would be too close to Casino Lac-Leamy, he continued.

“I’d hate to see that money go to Quebec. I’d rather keep it in Ontario.”

Connie Lafleur said she’s not crazy about having a casino in the centre of the city.

“I don’t think it would work at all,” she said.

“I like it better here.”

Her daughter, Diane, said otherwise.

“I just find it too small and not enough exits,” she said, noting she prefers Lac-Leamy.

“These do not pay off. They don’t pay out enough.”

Nonetheless, “I think it is the ideal spot,” said Connie Lafleur.

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