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« on: March 26, 2012, 11:20:14 PM »




On Monday, March 26, members and supporters of Ontario's horse-racing industry showed up at Queen's Park en masse to protest the Ontario Liberal Government's decision to close slot parlours at a number of provincial raceways and inexplicably walk away from the mutually-beneficial and highly-successful slots-at-racetracks contractual partnership.

With buses from all over the province converging on Queen's Park, more than 1,500 individuals, including MPPs, representatives from all of Ontario's horsemen's groups and other political representatives, congregated in order to let elected leaders and the mass media know that the industry will not take the Liberals' hasty, misinformed, and reckless decision in stride.

The Ontario Harness Horse Association worked tirelessly quarterbacking the rally.

"Unfortunately, the Liberal Party doesn't seem to be listening at this point, but (with) more events like this they will have to start listening," OHHA General Manager Brian Tropea told Trot Insider.

"I was tremendously pleased with [the turnout]. These people have work to do --- they have to get up and tend to their horses. Most of the people who were on the lawn today had to make arrangements with other people to fill in and do their work for them. They travelled from all over Ontario to be here. It's not like they were within an hour's drive. Some of these people were on a bus at four o'clock this morning. It took a tremendous effort to be here, and the industry appreciates it, obviously."

In closing multiple raceway slots parlours and planning to step away from the economic machine which is the slots-at-racetracks program, the Provincial Liberal Government has essentially taken the stance that employing 60,000 Ontarians, raking in more than $1.36-billion in direct annual revenue, and creating $2-billion in annual economic impact for the province is not worth trumpeting, let alone saving.

Trot Insider is following the happenings at Queen's Park, and will update this note with more information shortly.

The Ontario McGuinty Government has insistently said that value for money is very important for both the province's current and future economic climate. In response to that, the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, the voice for the province's horse-racing industry, launched value4money.ca, a website devoted to showing that the current slots-at-racetracks agreement between the Ontario Government and the provincial horse-racing industry is an overwhelmingly positive venture for both the residents and government of Ontario.

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/3-26-12/large-turnout-queens-park-rally.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 06:49:30 PM »

Hurrah for the Canockers for standing together as one. trophy
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2012, 03:02:17 PM »

I applaud the group for telling the whole story! Most idiots single out the hard working rank and file horsemen as looking for welfare. It's the overall decimation of the entire economy surrounding the industry that seems to be continuously overlooked.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012, 07:31:22 PM »

Great job by the horsemen and all others for sticking up for your rights.

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2012, 07:40:57 PM »

Im in the thick of it here, and the gov here has truly divided and conquered,,! this is a sad but true post as to the day to day news etc....forming a go track league up here would be easy... Cry
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 07:46:32 PM »

the effects of losing the slots program in Canada will be devastating to the entire industry

while it should not affect the New York, Pennsylvania or other sire stakes programs, it will affect in my opinion nearly everything else
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 08:07:18 PM »

there will be a ton of horses in the box come next spring, south of the 49th....
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 06:49:54 AM »

I applaud the group for telling the whole story! Most idiots single out the hard working rank and file horsemen as looking for welfare. It's the overall decimation of the entire economy surrounding the industry that seems to be continuously overlooked.

In a lot of places it is welfare. The irony is that in Ontario it's a true partnership. But the writing has always been on the wall since horsemen began making this deal with the devil. Government grabs. That won't change soon.
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 10:52:52 AM »

Jody Jamieson speaking at Queen's Park rally for Ontario's horse racing industry



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKhFHmY7ZNo&feature=player_embedded
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2012, 05:07:12 AM »

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLGC) has issued notifications that their slot agreement will be terminated with the following tracks

1. Windsor Raceway

2. Flamboro Downs

3. Sudbury Downs

4. Georgian Downs

5  Kawartha Downs

6  Hiawatha Horse Park (Sarnia)

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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2012, 07:32:26 AM »

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLGC) has issued notifications that their slot agreement will be terminated with the following tracks

1. Windsor Raceway

2. Flamboro Downs

3. Sudbury Downs

4. Georgian Downs

5  Kawartha Downs

6  Hiawatha Horse Park (Sarnia)



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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2012, 09:57:30 AM »

Hence The Town That Fun Forgot will become even less exciting, if that's possible.
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