Comment 84375

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted December 23, 2012 at 10:23:01

"Where councillors saw a chance of drawing people with money into Hamilton’s core, others saw only the potential of more families devastated by g@mbling. A Hamilton C@sino No committee was soon born and the push started for a referendum on the question in the 1997 municipal election. Hamilton residents were clear in their choice, voting 64 per cent against the idea."

http://www.thespec.com/news/business/article/686156--remember-the-great-casino-debate-of-1996

In the 1997 municipal election, 77,782 votes were cast. 64% of that voting population comes out at 49,780 individuals -- about 15% of Hamilton's population at the time.

In the 2010 municipal election, 142,932 votes were cast. 64% of that voting population would come out at 91,131 individuals, slightly less than the total number of ballots cast in Wards 1-9 in that election.

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