PSAC backs NDP motion to save Slots at Racetracks Program

TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - On March 28th, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will be going to Queen's Park in support of an NDP motion to be introduced by MPP Taras Natyshak that will call on the province to halt its decision to end the revenue sharing Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP).  The revenue sharing agreement, which generates more than $1.1 billion per year for the Province, has supported the horse racing industry and is integral to the survival of racetracks and the 55,000 jobs that rely on the industry. 

PSAC Regional Executive Vice President for Ontario, Sharon DeSousa, is optimistic about what Thursday's motion means for the future of jobs at Ontario racetracks. 

"Mr. Natyshak's motion is a big step in the right direction.  PSAC represents 480 workers in the gaming sector in Ontario, including 80 at Georgian Downs Racetrack in Innisfil whose livelihoods are in jeopardy, along with those of thousands of others in communities across Ontario."  said DeSousa.

"Many people have already been laid off, and many more are living in fear of the same.  The government needs to stand up for good jobs by developing a responsible gaming strategy that includes the protection of quality employment.  This motion will help pressure the government to re-think its decision to abruptly end SARP and in doing so; threaten an industry so many people depend on."

PSAC launched a campaign in January to fight back against the government's hasty decision to swap the Slots at Racetracks Program for new casino developments as part of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's (OLG) gaming modernization plan. 

MPP Natyshak's motion also calls for referendums on new casino developments and requires extensive consultation with the horse racing industry to ensure its sustainability.

SOURCE: Public Service Alliance of Canada - Ontario

For further information:

Alain Cossette
Communications Officer, PSAC
cell. 613-293-9210

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