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Ont. PCs Want Support For Their Plan

Published: November 20, 2013 2:50 pm ET

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On Wednesday, November 20 in the Ontario Legislature, Randy Pettapiece, the Ontario PC Critic for Rural Affairs and Horse Racing, called on Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario New Democratic Party to “get on board” with the PC’s five-point plan for the provincial horse racing industry.

The Ontario NDP had announced earlier in the day that it would be tabling a non-binding Opposition Day motion for the Slots at Racetracks program to be reinstated.

In early October, the Ontario Liberal Party unveiled its five-year plan for the provincial horse racing industry.

The Ontario PC Party commented on its five-part plan for the industry earlier this month.

The contents of the PC release that was issued on Wednesday, November 20 appears below.

Ontario PCs Are The Only Party With A Plan For Horse Racing

Though Kathleen Wynne now admits that the decision to cancel SARP was “not a good decision,” the Liberals and the NDP continue to take horseracing in the wrong direction.

Today, Ontario PC Rural Affairs Critic Randy Pettapiece called on Andrea Horwath to apologize for her participation in the Liberals decision to cancel SARP, which devastated Ontario’s horseracing industry.

“On CBC French Radio, the Premier admitted the decision was ‘not a good decision.’ The Premier was at the cabinet table when that decision was made, but she didn’t speak up. The Leader of the NDP also had a chance to speak up, but she chose not to! Speaker, here is my question – when will the Premier ask the NDP to join her in apologizing for what she has already admitted was “not a good decision?””

While the NDP flip-flop on the issue, Pettapiece called on Wynne to accept the Ontario PC plan for horseracing, which will restore the industry to prosperity.

“Only one party stood against the 2012 Liberal-NDP budget. Only one party has produced a bold but achievable five-point plan to put the industry back on track. That’s Tim Hudak and the Ontario PCs. The industry needs more than a meaningless, gimmicky motion from the NDP – a motion to restore what they themselves allowed to collapse. We need real action from a team with real credibility on the horse racing file. That’s what we’re offering. When will you get on board with our plan?”

The Ontario PCs are the only party with a real plan to ensure horseracing remains a healthy industry in rural Ontario.

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