Western Fair On OMAFRA Report

Published: October 31, 2012 04:02 pm EDT

The Western Fair District is the most recent racetrack operator to issue a statement regarding the OMAFRA Panel's report on transitioning the Ontario horse-racing industry from the slots-at-racetracks program.

The contents of the release appear below.

Western Fair District’s Statement On OMAFRA Report

Western Fair District would like to commend the panel members for their time and effort in preparing the OMAFRA report released yesterday.

“We’ve come a long way since March 12 when it was announced that the slots at racetracks program would be cancelled,” noted Hugh Mitchell, chief executive officer at WFD.

“On balance, I believe it's a great report that provides our industry with a platform and framework to negotiate with government a mutually agreeable funding plan. I'm encouraged by the Minister’s goal to, as quickly as possible, find a viable and stable model for the industry albeit one that inevitably will be smaller than what we have today.”