Future of Fort Erie's Horse Race Track discussed again at Queen's Park
The furture of the historic Fort Erie Horse Race Track was again the subject of debate Thursday at Queen's Park.
Welland MPP Cindy Forster said in a release from the NDP:
"By scrapping the Slots-at-racetrack program, the Liberal government has gambled with the livelihoods of many people in Fort Erie, and in track communities across the province,” Forster said. “The Premier says she’s sticking up for rural Ontario but what is she doing to make sure that the final race of the season isn’t the last race in the 116 year history of the Fort Erie Racetrack?”
Forster questioned the government’s timing for the release of its report on the future of horse racing in the province.
“Liberals have a bad habit of scheduling bad news press conferences on Friday afternoons just before a long weekend,” Forster said. “Let’s hope it’s no coincidence if the Horse Racing Transition Panel’s report should finally come down tomorrow.”
The government plans to release the report on Friday when the House is not sitting, before the Thanksgiving long weekend followed by Constituency Week when Question Period is suspended while MPPs stay in their home ridings.
“The horse racing industry has been waiting for some good news for a change from this government. If this government can blow a billion on gas plants in the GTA, surely it can spare some change for horse racing in Ontario,” Forster said.
“When people who rely on the horse racing industry sit down for turkey this weekend, will they be giving thanks or will they be worried about an uncertain future for horse racing in Ontario?”