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Ombudsman will not investigate province scrapping Slots for Racetrack program


Ontario's Ombudsman will not be investigating the province's decision to end its Slots at Racetrack program.

Andre Marin got over 350 complaints following the announcement last March, which threw the future of Fort Erie's Racetrack in question.

His office interviewed dozens of horse owners, trainers and others impacted by the decision along with senior officials in the Ministry of Agriculture and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Marin says the government's decision was a matter of "broad public policy" and is "not the type of decision that would normally be subject to scrutiny by the Ombudsman"

He says the review found the decision was made after the OLG's own strategic business review which included stakeholder consultation.

Transitional funding agreements have been signed with a number of tracks in Ontario, but so far not with Fort Erie Racetrack.

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