Ontario Ag. Minister admits government ‘dropped the ball’ regarding racing

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In a recent interview with a local reporter, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture Ted McMeekin admitted that the government “dropped the ball” regarding horse racing and the Slots at Racetracks Program.

According to an article at Farms.com, that even with McMeekin’s surprising admission, other government officials are wondering why something wasn’t said – or done – much earlier. Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece said in a statement on his website, “Finally, someone in the Liberal cabinet has stated the obvious. They dropped the ball. But that’s an understatement. And I wonder why the minister didn’t speak up when he had the chance.”

The Ontario government announced in March 2012 that it would be ending the Slots at Racetracks Program, effective March 30, 2013. In August of last year, Pettapiece and fellow MPP Ted Arnott revealed that the decision to end the slots program had been made before any of the economic impact studies had been completed.

“Rural and small-town Ontario have already suffered because of the Liberals’ actions,” Pettapiece continued. “Jobs are being lost, horses are being slaughtered, and now – ten months later – the minister admits they made a mistake?”

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  • Sampan

    cancelled duplicate comment.

  • Sampan

    The minister better talk to his new premier. Here is why.

    Ottawa Citizen  Newspaper Thursday Jan 31, 2013

     

    OTTAWA — Critics of the
    provincial government’s plan to expand casino gambling in Ontario don’t have an ally in
    premier-designate Kathleen Wynne, who said Thursday she will be staying with
    the plan.

    “I understand that the reality of casinos is with us.
    There’s no plan on my part to change that reality,” she said in a conference
    call with reporters from Eastern Ontario.

     

  • Sampan

    In the Ottawa Citizen newspaper today Premier Designate
    Kathleen Wynne stated

    “I understand that the reality of casinos is with us.
    There’s no plan on my part to change that reality,” she said in a conference
    call with reporters from Eastern Ontario.

    It doesn’t appear the horse racing industry will get her
    support unlike her Agricultural Minister McMeekin.
     

  • Sampan

    In the Ottawa Citizen newspaper today Premier Designate
    Kathleen Wynne stated

    “I understand that the reality of casinos is with us.
    There’s no plan on my part to change that reality,” she said in a conference
    call with reporters from Eastern Ontario.

    It doesn’t appear the horse racing industry will get her
    support unlike her Agricultural Minister McMeekin.
     

  • McGov

    Man I can’t wait for this whole power plant scandal to fully come out and take down the Liberals….urg…bunch of %$%#@$ little ^%^$^$’s

  • McGov

    Man I can’t wait for this whole power plant scandal to fully come out and take down the Liberals….urg…bunch of %$%#@$ little ^%^$^$’s

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