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Alberta Bar Owners Drop VLT Challenge

28 April 2003

ALBERTA -- As reported by the Canadian Press: "Alberta bar owners challenging the government's right to pull video lottery terminals from some communities dropped their bid in court Monday.

"Lawyers told the judge in the long-awaited court showdown they agreed to dismiss the action.

"...Premier Ralph Klein promised some years ago the province would follow up on community wishes regarding VLTs even though they are a huge cash cow for government coffers.

"Several communities did vote to rid themselves of the machines, but that never happened because bar owners in the Wood Buffalo municipality in northeastern Alberta, which includes the City of Fort McMurray, filed a challenge. They were successful in getting a court injunction against any action by the government.

"Ron Dumoncaux, lawyer for bar owners in Lacombe and Stony Plain, said they decided to drop the case because the chances of winning were too small given a Supreme Court of Canada decision on an almost identical challenge in Manitoba..."

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