|CNEWS reports that the operators of the state-owned casinos in Quebec hope to profit from helping Mexico develop its casino industry, once a 70-year ban on gambling there is lifted, as expected in September. Quebec’s government cabinet has opened the way for Loto-Quebec and Capital-Amerique, a pension fund, to have a go together at the venture. “If Mexicans want help building their casinos, we already have a financial structure in place,” said Loto-Quebec spokesman Jean-Pierre Roy.|
Anticipated are new casinos in tourist meccas such as Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and Acapulco. Over the last year the Crown Corporation has been having talks with Mexican gambling officials. Casinos in Mexico would also be state-owned. Although not all the projects would go to foreign developers, Roy said, “We are interested in being operators and even financial partners...”
Loto-Quebec’ has established lotteries in Colombia, Cameroon, and Spain, and runs casinos in Montreal, Hull and Charlevoix.