The Exhibition stands its Ground
The president of the Canadian National Exhibition promises the time-honoured tradition will not take a backseat to a casino.
Brian Ashton tells the Toronto Sun there is no way the Ex will go down without a fight if CNE is picked as the site of a proposed multi-million dollar casino.
Ashton believes faithful CNE fans would revolt if a casino snuffed out the fair and adds that most Toronto residents would not be in favour of a casino at the CNE if it put the summertime institution in jeopardy.
Officials with entertainment giant MGM are in the process of talks with Ashton, discussing the idea sharing the CNE property. However, Ashton has come to the conclusion that the Ex could not survive if a casino was built on its territory.
City Council makes the final call on the casino question in April.