06/06/2012 10:15 EDT | Updated 08/06/2012 05:12 EDT

No Casinos At Ontario Place, Liberal Government Says


TORONTO - The Liberal government is rejecting the idea of building a new casino at Ontario Place on Toronto's waterfront.

A panel set up by the government in February is still studying various locations for a casino in the GTA, but has already recommended Ontario Place be ruled out as a potential site.

Tourism Minister Michael Chan says he agrees with the expert panel's recommendations.

Chan says Ontario Place, which is closed for extensive renovations, is meant for everyone, not just casino patrons.

He also says it will be up to local governments across Ontario to decide if they want to host a casino in their community.

However, Chan couldn't explain why the province was ruling out Ontario Place before Toronto City Council takes a stand on a casino location.