Sens president resigns from city boards after casino decision


Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder has resigned from a number of city-related boards and committees, purportedly in response to a recent city decision that left Sens owner Eugene Melnyk’s casino plans scuttled.

Said a source to the Ottawa Sun: “When an organization pumps $200 million a year into the economy of a city the size of Ottawa, is responsible for thousand and thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and then donates millions annually to charity – then gets slapped in the face for all of that effort? [Mayor Jim Watson] probably broke the proverbial camel’s back.”

Melnyk had hoped his casino project would offset the “substantial losses” of the hockey club.

PS — Melnyk tweeted a link to the Ottawa Sun story, so apparently he’d like everyone to read it.

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