04/11/2012 07:04 EDT | Updated 06/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Toronto councillors put off debate on possible plans for downtown casino

TORONTO - Toronto councillors have voted to put off a debate on whether the city should have a downtown casino.

A motion by Coun. Adam Vaughan to hold a referendum on the issue did not pass — nor did one from Coun. Mike Layton that Ontario Place not be used.

The vote Wednesday means the city's executive committee will have to work on the issue before bringing it back to council at a future date.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said last month it's up to municipalities to decide if they want to put the issue to a vote among residents.

He made the comment after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced a major expansion to gambling in the province.

The OLG's plan includes a new casino in the Toronto area and possibly another elsewhere, such as the Ottawa area.

(AM640, The Canadian Press)