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Petition To Save Horse Racing: Sign It, Print It, Circulate It, Send In ASAP

Published: March 15, 2012 2:43 pm ET

Last Comment: March 18, 2012 6:31 pm ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

As the horse racing industry faces an unprecedented threat from the Government of Ontario with their latest announcement regarding the future of the OLG Slots at Racetrack Program, Standardbred Canada urges everyone impacted by these cuts to sign a petition that will be presented, by OHRIA, to the provincial government.

In association with the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, a number of initiatives will be rolled out in the upcoming days to defend our industry and gain public support, and your help is needed now more than ever in getting our message out there.

Attached to this message is a petition template we are asking each of you to help circulate each and every day going forward. OHRIA urges individuals to submit petitions as they are completed in advance of the March 27 provincial budget.

You can drop off the signed and completed petitions at your local racetrack race office, Standardbred Canada's office or this weekend at the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club booth at the Can-Am Equine Show, March 16-18 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ont. Completed petitions may also be mailed back to the OHRIA office.

“OHRIA Petitions”
P.O. Box 456,
Stn. B, Toronto, ON M9W 5L4

Please ensure that all signed and returned petitions use this petition template.

March 18, 2012 - 6:31 pmDoes anyone know the

Does anyone know the deadline for having the signed petition pages submitted to OHRIA office at the address above?

Thanks

March 17, 2012 - 5:31 pmThis petition will be a

LIZ THERRIEN SAID...

This petition will be a great help and can be presented to the government. I believe it would be a good idea to sign the on line petition as well. I understand that the government does not accept online petitions but people on facebook and twitter are watching and signing. So far less than 9000 signatures. By adding yours the general public will be able to see that there really are over 60,000 people affected and you need their support too. It only takes a minute and every little bit helps.
www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/savehorseracing

I'm happy to report that many people in my senior's apt. building are going to sign this petition and those with computers will go on line as well. No one here is a member of the industry but they seem to understand quite well
the ramifications of Dalton's Folly.

March 17, 2012 - 8:33 amI find it disgusting that a

I find it disgusting that a Government can create a competing business with any industry and then wipe the industry out. What sort of morally, fiscally and ethically bankrupt people do we have running our country. I am sure if the government put a Baseball team in Toronto funded by the Government until they became champions and took the Blue Jays fan base people would be outraged Mr Godfrey. Another hidden form of taxation that the Government believes is theirs and only theirs.

Yes they did offer up an olive branch for a while but now with the greed and apparantly mismanagement of our tax money they need more. I guess the Track owners providing the venues and the Horsemen putting on the show as part of the whole "ENTERTAINMENT" experience isn't enough. This Government does not care about entertainment or even problem gambling just how much the slot machines can vacuum from peoples wallets. Since when is Ten Million in profit not enough. This Government is short sighted and only seems to care about the here and now finacially. This should come as no surprise because balanced books look better to the electorate come election time.

Maybe as a solution the Racetracks and Horsemen should petition the Government to become the independant operators of the gambling venues.

I guess they want to be the only game in town no matter how many citizens or communities they hurt.

March 15, 2012 - 10:39 pmOK - I made up 1,000 copies

Ralph Sucee SAID...

OK - I made up 1,000 copies of the Petition at Staples tonight ($.05 per copy - good price). I will mobilize family and friends ... canvassing my neighbors, local OTB and politicians Friday. All the staff at Staples & my local variety and pizza stores were happy to support. If EVERY SC Member gets just two pages (16 names is easy) - how many total names will we have achieved? GO GET 'EM HORSE PEOPLE. WE WILL WIN THIS - WE HAVE TO ...

March 15, 2012 - 5:51 pmThe recent decision by the

Ian Kerr SAID...

The recent decision by the Ontario Liberal party doesn't really cost the "government" anything, except, perhaps their defeat at the polls in a few years. The described money is and will always be taxpayers money. They simply "manage" it.
Please change the petition to read, that it will cost Ontario taxpayers $1.1 Billion dollars and 60,000 jobs.
Otherwise, it's a good initiative.

March 15, 2012 - 5:07 pm"Figures Don't Lie - BUT

Ralph Sucee SAID...

"Figures Don't Lie - BUT LIARS FIGURE" The $1.5 BILLION IS NET PROFIT. PROFIT. PROFIT. THE SLOTS-AT-RACETRACKS GENERATES OVER $5 BILLION GROSS PROFITS. WHERE DID THE OTHER $3.5 BILLION GO?????????????

$3.5 + BILLION PER YEAR HAS BEEN POURED BACK INTO THE OLG COFFERS. IT PAYS FOR THE PEOPLE WORKING AT THE SLOTS - MACHINE ATTENDANTS, HOST/HOSTESSES, FLOOR PEOPLE, CARS AND TRIPS FOR GUESTS, SECURITY GUARDS. ETC

$3.5 + BILLION PER YEAR FROM THE SLOTS-AT-RACETRACKS PROGRAM HAS LARGELY BEEN SUCKED INTO THE OLG VACUUM THAT SEES GODFREY AND 20,000 HIGH-PAID GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES - MOST WITH SALARIES PAID BY THE SLOTS-AT-RACETRACK PROGRAM THEY ARE NOW RENEGING ON.

AND THE OLG BUILDING AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND SWEET HOLIDAY, BENEFIT AND RETIREMENT PLANS THAT ONLY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (20,000??? COME ON - GET REAL OLGC).

$5-6 BILLION FROM THE SLOTS-AT-RACETRACKS. $3.5 BILLION IN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. $1.1 BILLION TO HOSPITALS AND OTHER PROVINCIAL TARGETS. $170 MILLION TO TRACK OWNERS. $170 MILLION TO THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRIES.


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