OTTAWA, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Capital Region Harness Horse
Association is calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to halt the OLG's
modernization plans until horse racing is properly integrated and the
Auditor General's office has completed its report.
The OLG's modernization strategy has been under constant criticism from
municipalities, the horse racing industry and the NDP and PCs for its
proposed roll-out of new casinos across Ontario. Ontario's legislature
has repeatedly gone on record through recorded votes in opposition to
the OLG modernization plan as drafted.
Over the past two months, Premier Wynne committed to integrating horse
racing into the OLG's modernization strategy, Ontario Parliament passed
a motion calling on the Government to delay the implementation of the
OLG's plans until after the 2014 municipal elections, and the Ontario
auditor general was ordered to assess the modernization plans and the
impact of ending the Slots at Racetracks Program, yet Premier Wynne's
government continues to force the issue -- without the confidence of
the legislature and no meaningful input from residents.
"Horse people across Ontario are wondering what more needs to be done
before the OLG is instructed to stop this process. Why is Kathleen
Wynne not listening to Ontario residents or the Legislature?
Decisions are being made that impact Ontarians, that will cost us our
jobs, and the Premier has been ineffective or uncaring at best," said
Gordon McDonald, President of the NCRHHA.
"The RFP for a casino in Ottawa could be due any week now, but we still
haven't seen the auditor general's draft report and the final report
isn't due until September. The OLG might be asking for a decision from
Ottawa City Council before the report is due. What does that mean for
us? The Premier needs to stop decisions from happening before all
information is available," said McDonald.
The NCRHHA represents all Ottawa area horsemen and has been vocal in its
concern over the potential closure of the Rideau Carleton Raceway.
"The legislature has spoken, many city councils have spoken, and
horsemen have spoken. Is it too much to ask that we not rush decisions
we cannot reverse? The Premier needs to stop this process now,"
SOURCE: National Capital Region Harness Horse Association (NCRHHA)
For further information:
Gordon McDonald - 613 292 9476