Response to bar owners - Horse-racing restructuring plan has nothing to do with number of VLTs in Quebec bars

    MONTREAL, Feb. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Contrary to what the Corporation des
propriétaires de bars, brasseries et tavernes du Québec said in a news
conference today, the proposed plan to restructure the horse-racing industry
developed by RSM Richter, the court-designated monitor, has nothing to do with
the Quebec government's policies or how they are applied by its agency,
Loto-Québec, in assigning or removing video lottery terminals from bars and
    Attractions Hippiques would also like to point out that, contrary to what
was stipulated in the earlier agreement, the new agreement would significantly
reduce the gaming offering, reducing the number of VLTs from 1,900 to 935.
    As well, Paul J. Massicotte, owner of Attractions Hippiques, wishes to
remind the Corporation des propriétaires de bars, brasseries et tavernes du
Québec, that he has never received preferential treatment-now, before, during
or after the call for tenders. "My ties with the Liberal Party of Quebec (LPQ)
were and are almost none-existent, and until the awarding of the contract to
revitalize horse-racing, I had no relationship with the Premier, the finance
minister at the time or the current finance minister. I'm not a friend of the
LPQ nor have I ever been a financial backer of the Party. I am not a member of
the LPQ nor am I a Party supporter."

For further information:

For further information: Ian Wetherly, President and chief operating
officer, Attractions Hippiques, (514) 739-2741, ext. 2221

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