Consumers' Association of Canada Calls for Judicial Inquiry into OLG

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Consumers' Association of Canada
calls for a Judicial Inquiry into the operations of the Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corporation "in order to clear the air" says President Bruce Cran.
    The Ombudsman's damning report on the OLG's operations identified lax and
incompetent administration practices. He found the corporation to be an
organization with a corporate culture devoted primarily to profit and that it
had violated its role as a guardian of the public trust.
    "While he did find that a disproportionate number of retailers had won
prizes and identified several suspicious cases, he did not delve into the
details of these, nor did he have the opportunity to fully search out other
unsavory situations" notes Mel Fruitman, Vice President. "As he said, the
operation did not pass the 'smell test' and indeed he quoted the CEO as saying
'sometimes you hold your nose'".
    "Consumers have a right to know what went on there and a Judicial Inquiry
into past operations is the only way that will occur" said Fruitman
    "In order to create the necessary cultural change, the recommendations of
the ombudsman must be implemented and in addition there must be a ban on
insiders, including ticket sellers, buying tickets. It is common procedure in
contests and other games of chance to prohibit anybody who is involved,
including ad agencies, etc. from participating. The same principle should
apply here."

For further information:

For further information: Mel Fruitman, (905) 832-9969; Bruce Cran, (613)

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