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Racing News / The Liberal Record on Horse Racing: Dead Horses and Lost Jobs
« Last post by mrmike on March 23, 2018, 06:58:01 PM »


Today, the Liberals will be making an announcement at Flamboro Downs aimed at saving the horse racing industry they helped to destroy. Kathleen Wynne and her Ministers have been on an election spending tour this week, writing cheques they know will bounce. This week alone Kathleen Wynne’s promised $4 billion in new spending.
Rural Ontario knows the damage the Liberals have done to the horse racing industry and will see through their political games. The Liberals will say and promise anything to stay in power.

In 2012, the Liberal Government cancelled the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP), which devastated the horse racing industry. As a result of this decision, horse breeders are taking senior Liberals to court.

Court documents show the Liberals were prepared for the “collapse” of the horse racing industry - the loss of 23,000 jobs, and 27,000 dead horses. John Wilkinson, a former Liberal cabinet minister and point-person for the file, said the plan would “give us an advantage in the byelection by wedging” the opposition leaders.
Ted McMeekin, the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale and a cabinet minister at the time, refused to testify in this court case.
Highlights from the Court Documents:

“We met with McKinsey, hired by finance. They confirmed under their wildly optimistic best case scenario (ie no collapse of the industry), we are looking at 13,000 job losses and 16,000 euthanized horses between sep 4 and dec 31. Collapse (which we think is what will actually happen) is 23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses. The lawsuits coming our way will add up to $500 million and you will be lucky to settle for $250 million.”

John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister
“….and give us an advantage in the byelections by wedging both Tim and Andrea.”

John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister

“The only thing that keeps me going is the thought that I might still be here when the entire Slots at Racetracks program is either slashed brutally, or purse pooling and yearly ‘grants’ based on yearly applications gets rid of the notion that horsemen have of slot money being ‘their’ money.”

Policy Advisor, Gaming Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance

“Meeting with Premier just ended. He was inclined to go to $0 for horse racing.”

Karim Bardeesy, Director of Policy and Research, Office of the Premier
Ontario Supporting Horse Racing, Strengthening Local Economies

New Long-Term Funding Agreement Promotes Opportunity for Racetracks and Breeders
March 23, 2018 2:30 P.M.
Ontario is committing to a long-term funding agreement with the horse racing sector, supporting jobs in rural Ontario and strengthening local economies across the province.

The new agreement will provide up to $105 million a year, for 19 years, for the horse racing sector, starting April 1, 2019, plus additional supports for smaller racetracks and those that are experiencing financial shortfalls.

To further help transform the industry and bolster rural communities, Ontario will continue the Enhanced Horse Improvement Program and introduce a new Racetrack Sustainability Innovation Fund, providing up to $6 million over three years, beginning in 2018, to help regional racetracks innovate, diversify and expand revenue sources to ensure the vitality of the industry for generations to come.

The long-term funding agreement will also empower the horse racing industry to work together to make long-term decisions about horse breeding, racing programs, capital investments and hiring. It will include specific measures focused on supporting community racetracks, including operational funding and purses.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

" Today, our government is committing to a landmark agreement that will support the long-term sustainability of horse racing in Ontario. This funding will encourage economic development in rural communities across the province, while giving race tracks and breeders an opportunity to build a strong future for an industry that is central to our heritage."

- Charles Sousa
Minister of Finance

" Our government recognizes that the horse racing industry is vital to communities across Ontario. That’s why our government remains committed to ensuring long-term sustainability of the horse racing industry and the rural communities that depend on it. This new, collaborative agreement will provide owners, breeders and racetrack operators with the support they need to ensure stability and success for the long term."

- Jeff Leal
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

" This agreement is a significant step toward ensuring the vitality of horse racing in Ontario. It is designed to benefit the entire industry and is the result of years of collaboration with the sector and the Ontario government. OLG will contribute nearly two decades of stable funding to promote sustainability and industry-led success."

- Stephen Rigby
President and CEO, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

" The government’s long-term funding commitment of over 19 years is unprecedented in the racing industry. It provides much needed job security for the people who work in the industry, and it will contribute greatly to restoring racing confidence and its ability to sustain itself for years to come. On a personal note, I am extremely grateful for the work of this government and OLG management in their efforts to facilitate this funding model."

- Hugh Mitchell
Chief Executive Officer, Western Fair District

" We are very happy with the announcement of long term funding for the horseracing sector. This commitment will provide the security that the Quarter Horse industry and the people that work in it need to continue our work and plan for the long term sustainability of the sector."

- Bob Broadstock
President, Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc.

" The breeders are really excited and look forward to reading the details of the long term funding agreement. Long term funding will provide greater stability and transparency in the industry, and support economic development in rural communities."

- Peter Barringer
President & National Director, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division

•   Ontario is home to 15 racetracks — more than any other North American jurisdiction.
•   Funding will be administered by Ontario Racing, which is responsible for representing industry interests, making strategic business decisions, and strengthening transparency and accountability.
•   The Ontario Racing board will have equal representation of racetracks and breeders, with five seats for racetracks, five for breeders and an independent chair.
•   The new long-term funding agreement will replace the existing Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program.

The Horse Peoples’ Alliance of Ontario was formed by Horse People from the Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries to establish a new single unified voice for the Horse People of Ontario of all breeds.


The Alliance believes that the horse people of Ontario need to empower their advocacy and representation with the Government and the racetracks by joining together horse people of all breeds to meet the challenges that are common to all.


Inform the Government of Ontario as to the real industry facts from the perspective of horse people as to the difficulties and uncertainties under which they work;

Ensure that the Government fulfills its obligations toward funding transparency and accountability within the industry;

Empower horse people to be recognized as an essential and necessary element for horse racing equal to the racetracks;

Secure a position of equal importance with the race track in the decisions as to the nature and conditions of racing;

Return to a balanced and fair sharing of the revenues generated or provided to allow for the growth of the Ontario horse population and the incentives to breed, own and train racehorses as once existed.


The Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario will be meeting regularly in the coming weeks and months. See the Events page for the next meeting.
Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario / Are you interested in joining the Alliance?
« Last post by mrmike on March 16, 2018, 04:50:39 PM »
The Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario believes in the fair representation of horse people in the decisions that affect the horse people of Ontario.

If you believe in the the Alliance and it's goals, we'd love to have you on board.


1) Who can join?

Anyone with an interest in the future of the horse racing industry in Ontario is welcome to join.

2) How much is it to join?

The Horse Peoples' Alliance of Ontario is a not for profit, currently we are a membership based organization and we appreciate any level of financial support. To join, we offer two introductory levels.

Member: $20/Year
Supporter: $50/Year

3) How do I join?

Joining is easy. You can join and pay online below or choose to download and print the application form.

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