April 16, 2014

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

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