July 29, 2014

Finance Minister Duncan Is Killing Off Thousands More Jobs Than He thinks, Own Ministry’s Figures Prove

 

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan continues to publicly downplay the importance of the horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario, along with the number of jobs that would be impacted by ending the Slots at Racetracks Program.

Duncan claims ‘nobody believes’ 60,000 Ontarians are employed by the horse racing and breeding industry. Apparently Minister  Duncan isn’t consulting with Ministry of Finance officials, who disagree with his position.

The Ministry of Finance noted in the 2004 Ontario budget that “20 per cent of gross revenue from slot machines at racetracks is provided to promote the economic growth of the horse-racing industry. Since 1998, this initiative has preserved and enhanced over 60,000 jobs in Ontario’s horse-racing industry, providing over $1.1 billion to a key component of the Province’s agricultural sector.”

A number of other studies conducted for industry and government have also confirmed this number.

“The Minister of Finance is in the process of killing an entire industry in Ontario with a move that will cost the treasury $1.1 billion, and it appears he isn’t even consulting his own bureaucrats before making such irresponsible statements. If he did, he would know there are 60,000 Ontarians who rely on horse racing and breeding for their employment,” said Sue Leslie, President of the the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association.

“ Surely four separate economic studies and his own Ministry of Finance confirmation of 60,000 jobs should be  sufficient evidence to convince the minister it is his facts that are wrong.”

(OHRIA)

Your Input To Save Horse Racing Is Crucial–Contact NDP Members of Provincial Parliament NOW!

 

OHRIA is calling on anyone impacted by the termination of the Slots at Racetracks program to contact their closest  NDP member of the Ontario Legislature. Some guidelines are provided below to make this a quick and easy process:

1) Call your own NDP MPP or the closest NDP MPP to your community (see below).
Tell them your name, what city you live in, how horse racing impacts you. Urge them to support honouring the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program through 2015 and to have the government negotiate with OHRIA on the long term future of the industry.
e.g. ‘My name is XXXX XXXXX. I’m from XXXXXXX and work as a XXXXXXX. Can you please tell MPP XXXXX that it’s important to me and thousands of other Ontarians that the NDP demand the government honour the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program through 2015 to protect the 60,000 jobs Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry support? That will give the government and OHRIA time to work together on a long term plan for our industry.

2) Call the NDP Budget hotline 1-855-ONT BDGT (1-855-668-2348). Leave a voice message supporting Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry. The NDP want to know what you like/dislike about the budget, whether you would support an election,your name, city  and phone number.

A sample message is: ‘My name is XXXX XXXXX. I’m from XXXXXXX and work as a XXXXXXX. I dislike the government’s plan to cancel the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program because it will kill 60,000 jobs in Ontario and really hurt rural Ontario. If you’re going to support the budget, I want you to make your support conditional on the government honouring the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program through 2015 to protect the 60,000 jobs Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry support. That will give the government and OHRIA time to work together on a long term plan for our industry. If the government won’t agree to that, then I would support an election and will vote for the party that supports Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry.

3) Call Andrea Horwath’s Office 416 325 2777: Tell them your name, what city you live in, how horse racing impacts you. Urge them to support honouring the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program through 2015 and to have the government negotiate with OHRIA on the long term future of the industry.
e.g. ‘My name is XXXX XXXXX. I’m from XXXXXXX and work as a XXXXXXX. Can you please tell MPP Horwath that it’s important to me and thousands of other Ontarians that the NDP demand the government honour the OLG Slots at Racetracks Program through 2015 to protect the 60,000 jobs Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry support? That will give the government and OHRIA time to work together on a long term plan for our industry.

Please contact the NDP Member closest to you:

Teresa J. Armstrong (London–Fanshawe) 519-668-1104
Gilles Bisson (Timmins–James Bay) 705-268-6400
Sarah Campbell (Kenora–Rainy River) 807-274-7619
Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale–High Park) 416-763-5630
Cindy Forster (Welland) 905-732-6884
France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) 705-969-3621
Andrea Horwath (Hamilton Centre) 905-544-9644
Michael Mantha (Algoma–Manitoulin) 705-461-9710
Rosario Marchese (Trinity–Spadina) 416-603-9664
Paul Miller (Hamilton East–Stoney Creek) 905-545-0114
Taras Natyshak (Essex) 519-776-6420
Michael Prue( Beaches–East York) 416-690-1032
Jonah Schein (Davenport) 416-535-3158
Peter Tabuns (Toronto–Danforth) 416-461-0223
Monique Taylor (Hamilton Mountain) 905-388-9734
John Vanthof (Timiskaming–Cochrane) 705-647-5995