Well, That Was An Informative Phone Call

Found myself saying yes when asked if I’d participate in a phone survey a few minutes ago. Glad I did. Did you know the Saskatchewan government is toying with the idea of running a gambling site on the internet?

Well, I didn’t.

But that’s what this survey was all about, how I’d feel if the Sask government ran a gambling website of some sort. And I’m assuming the only reason a survey company — in this case, Fast Consulting — would ask me such questions is if the Sask government hired them to.

Favourite question: Saskatchewan residents spend several million dollars a year on internet gambling but right now all of that money is leaving the province. Knowing that, how would you feel about the Saskatchewan government setting up an online gambling site so that at least part of that money could be used for public services here in Saskatchewan….” (or words to that effect).

In case you’re wondering, my response to all their questions was that I’d be E) Strongly Opposed to the Saskatchewan government engaging in some kind of online gambling scheme. I paid part of my way through university dealing blackjack in casinos. Came away with nothing but disdain for the industry and no, I don’t see it as a clever or sustainable way to support government services. It’ll be more like an engine for misery. And if it turns out the Saskatchewan government is seriously considering going down this road, it will certainly make me question all these rosy claims about our financial situation. My impression has always been that municipalities and regions that pin their economic hopes on casinos do so out of desperation, when they’re on a nasty downward slide.

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

4 thoughts on “Well, That Was An Informative Phone Call”

  1. I used to work for a phone survey company in 1990 that always netted government work. I’d ask random people about upcoming unpopular government policies and generally get heaps of scorn in return. One bit of trivia: we never gave out the actual name of the company (it was called Danka, and I believe it was owned by old-school Conserative cronie Ken Waschuk), preferring to identify ourselves as ‘Opinion Research Monitor’ or some other undercooked name.

  2. So was the idea to find out what criticism they’d be up against so they could have their responses planned in advance?

  3. Humm, the SO took one about a year and a half ago concerning SGI and whether you were satisfied with their services…looked like the SP was testing the waters to unload a Crown or two. (Naturally, we’re not idiots, and professed great satisfaction with SGI. One only has to look at Alberta to know we have it pretty good here.)

    Online gambling is so, I dunno, cheesy. I lump it in the same category as VLTs in bars – sure, you’re gonna make money, but it’s not pretty.

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