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BC Liberals Push More Gambling

22 September 2004

VICTORIA, British Columbia – As reported by the Campbell River Mirror: " The Liberals used to think gambling was terrible.

"Premier Gordon Campbell said gambling creates addicts and hurts families, back when the Liberals were in opposition. And his position was clear.

"…The Liberal new era platform even promised to 'stop the expansion of gambling that has increased gambling addiction and put new strains on families.'

"But after the election everything changed and the Liberals rushed to ramp-up gambling throughout the province, striving to recruit more losers, to use the premier's word.

"There were 2,400 slot machines when the Liberals were elected. Now, there are almost 5,000 slots.

"The Liberals have opened mega-casinos and are pushing more addictive forms of gambling into small communities by encouraging bingo halls around B.C. to add slot machines. They have allowed drinking in casinos - something it also used to oppose.

"…It's worked. The government's take - its share of peoples' losses - has climbed by 50 per cent, to $850 million, under the Liberals. They plan to push that to more than $1 billion in the next two years…"

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