WINNIPEG — Gambling all hours of the night and day may soon become an option for Manitobans.
Starting December 2nd, Manitoba’s casinos will be open for 24 hours a day on the weekends.
That means Friday they’ll open at 10 a.m. and remain open until Monday at 3 a.m.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries said this is a model it’s trying to follow from other provinces like B.C., Ontario, and Quebec with many of their casinos.
The decision comes just weeks after the Premier said he believed the province was already “over-serviced”.
On September 15, in response to a question on a casino in The Pas moving to Winnipeg, Brian Pallister said “We are the most over serviced province in the country when it comes to gambling. I want people to have jobs. I want people to have opportunities to grow and learn and help each other and gambling isn’t going to do that.”
On Thursday, Pallister said he still stood by those remarks but added his “personal” views on gambling could not come in the way of growth.
– Global News Reporter Zahra Premji