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Alberta Premier: VLT Policy Needed

29 April 2003

EDMONTON, Alberta -- As reported by the CBC: "A clear policy on how to deal with VLTs needs to be developed, Premier Ralph Klein says, after a court victory allows the machines to be removed from communities that don't want them.

"Bar owners had been fighting the ability of towns to vote out VLTs, but withdrew their case Monday, citing a Supreme Court of Canada decision that upheld a province's right to give the power to say `no' to municipalities.

"...`I see no reason why any municipality can't hold a plebiscite. I'm suspecting that we would honour those wishes, but there is no clear-cut policy and we'll have to develop one,' Klein said, adding his government would likely support the results of a referendum, either way.

"...Gary Rohr, who has been fighting against VLTs, says anti-gambling groups are waiting to see how the government deals with the issue.

"`Until groups like our's see a bit more of a solid policy, then it isn't worth while, because what's the use of making an effort if you know it may fall short because the decision-making power isn't there,'he said..."

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