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Snobelen On OMAFRA Report

Published: October 16, 2012 2:33 pm ET

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After Ontario's Premier Dalton McGuinty resigned on Monday night and made the motion to prorogue parliament, the province's horse racing industry was left asking questions about the long-awaited OMAFRA panel report.

In an interview with The Motts, OMAFRA Panel spokesman John Snobelen confirmed that the final report from the panel was delivered to government on Monday, Oct. 15.

"It's in Minister McMeekin's hands now," stated Snobelen, going on to say that it usually takes as many as 14 days before the report is "acted on" by government.

Snobelen then went on to indicate that proroguing parliament shouldn't cause any delays for the report to be released.

"There's nothing in our recommendation that would require legislation....The government is still in a position to act on this file and every indication I've had is that they still intend to act on this file."

While he didn't give specifics on the contents of the report, Snobelen did say that he felt the industry "can be saved" and that the entire panel - John Wilkinson, Elmer Buchanan and Snobelen - agrees with its contents.

To hear the full interview, click the play button below.


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