Canadian Casinos Gambling Revenues Criticised

Casino revenues should be shared out, according to Joe Hall, chairman of the BC First Nations Gaming Commission.

Provincial governments should amend the way they use revenues gained from Canadian casinos, according to the BC First Nations Gaming Commission.

Joe Hall, chairman of the organization, stated that the profits should be shared out with the First Nations.

"BC is hell bent on keeping all the money at the expense of our struggling communities," he told the Canadian Press.

However, Professor Robert Williams - a coordinator at the Alberta Gaming Research Institute - defended the regional authorities, claiming that there are no guarantees that starting up a new casino will generate profits, because an untapped market needs to be found first.

Mr Hall said the matter had dragged on, describing the situation as "frustrating".

"Right now we're too heavily reliant on federal handouts and we don't want to be that way," he added.

The province does share revenues with First Nations in areas such as oil, gas and forestry, said BC aboriginal relations minister George Abbott.

He added that these industries are arguably more profitable than casinos in other regions in Canada.

Earlier this month, Canadian casinos were criticised following a hidden camera report by CTV, which found that gambling addicts are regularly allowed entry into venues in British Columbia. ADNFCR-2648-ID-19863608-ADNFCR

Casino revenue should be shared, the BC First Nations Gaming Commission has stated.