Province Sets Conditions For Opening Of New Casino

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 at 15:55



The provincial government has imposed a settlement in a long-running impasse between the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and the Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation.


Minister responsible Eric Cline has set conditions for the closure of the Emerald Casino in Saskatoon and the grand opening of the Dakota Dunes Casino on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.


The provincial government put the SLGA in charge of drafting conditions for the transition because SIGA and Prairieland Park could not come up with a plan of action.


Cline says there are two main conditions that are required to be met prior to the opening of the Dakota Dunes Casino.


Cline says SIGA has to compensate Prairieland Park for the closure of its Emerald Casino to the tune of $2.6 million annually for 30 years.


As well, all Emerald Casino employees are to be offered jobs at the new casino.


SIGA CEO Edmund Bellegarde has not been available for comment.