TORONTO — Toronto city officials are weighing in on the news that MGM Resorts International, which operates The Mirage, Mandalay Bay and the Bellagio, is considering building a Las Vegas-style casino and entertainment complex in Toronto.

MGM representatives visited Toronto recently, hired Sussex Strategy Group, and met with Mayor Rob Ford’s staff, councillors and political aides to make its case at city hall.

Steve Gupta, president and CEO of the Easton’s Group of Hotels, weighed in on the possibility of the casino telling the Toronto Sun it could be good for the city. “Casinos bring tourism; we need tourism in Toronto — year-round business is very important.”

Meanwhile a handful of councillors are concerned, saying the casino shouldn’t be on the waterfront, and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty promised local consultation on any potential casino project.

Last month, The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced plans to open a casino in the Greater Toronto Area.”

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