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Leslie: OMAFRA Report "Isn't An OHRIA Model"

Published: November 2, 2012 12:34 pm ET

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In light of waves and waves of concerned feedback regarding the OMAFRA Panel's report on how to transition the Ontario horse-racing industry from the slots-at-racetracks program into the future, OHRIA President Sue Leslie has spoken on the topic, stating that the report "isn't an OHRIA model" and that it "isn't an OHRIA plan."

"To be quite honest with you, I don't understand how they have arrived at some of the race dates they have," Leslie said in an interview posted on

"The way this stands now, as I understand it in talking to the panel," said Leslie, "they regard this (the report and its recommendations) as a model rather than a plan, that's why they refer to it as the Sustainable Horse Racing Model."

Leslie went on to say, "In their eyes (the panel's eyes), their job was to act as a go-between for the government and the industry, and find out if there was any common ground or if there was any need for the government to invest in the industry."

Clearly stating one thing in particular, Leslie said, "I want it clearly understood by the industry that this is a model that the panel is recommending. This isn't an OHRIA model --- this isn't an OHRIA plan."

In an effort to consolidate discussion, post your comments on the following link: OMAFRA Report Released.

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