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Horwath: Liberals "Not Allowing For Democratic Process"

Published: February 4, 2013 9:27 am ET

Last Comment: February 4, 2013 7:20 pm ET | 12 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

“We think they’ve absconded from their responsibility in terms of governance and they’ve simply let all of these decisions, which I believe are public policy decisions, to be made by the OLG, which is putting the squeeze on communities and not allowing for democratic process.”

While in Sault Ste. Marie over the past weekend, New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath openly and strongly criticized the Liberal Government's Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) modernization gaming strategy, calling for a stop until communities and municipalities can hold local referendums on the issue.

"I’ve filed my own motion in the Legislature, asking the government to put a hold on this whole process until there’s a much better opportunity for input and dialogue with communities that are being affected, and that they tell the OLG to back off with the pressure tactics that are creating such havoc right now,” Horwath told Soo Today.

The motion, filed prior to the prorogation of parliament by former Premier Dalton McGuinty, allowed for referendums to be held in 2014 and “not change at all” the slots-at-racetracks program “until there was some kind of real, meaningful industry transition plan put in place.”

“That's the very least we should do – is allow municipalities to go to their people to make a huge decision like this,” Horwath told the Sault Star, adding that delaying the vote until 2014 municipal elections will allow "already cash-strapped" municipalities to avoid the cost of a standalone vote.

February 4, 2013 - 7:20 pmLets be clear...Queens Park

Lets be clear...Queens Park may have been aware of all those boondoggles....THE PEOPLE of Ontario were NOT as acutely aware of those issues and their impact on our tax dollars. Just ask Joe Public about why our industry is important to Ontario? Not many understand all the layers to this particular issue, those within the's crystal clear. If an election had been called based on the budget last Spring there was a good chance Liberals would have secured a majority. Now, add the teachers union into the mix and all that has been opposition party has a better chance of dethroning this corrupt Liberal dynasty we've had shoved down our throats for the past 9 years.

February 4, 2013 - 3:20 pmBoth NDP and Conservative

Norm Walker SAID...

Both NDP and Conservative party treasurers put their parties financial debt above doing the right thing and standing up to McGuinty,Duncan,Tananbon,Godfrey and for that matter the Ag minister of the day Ted McKeggan, It has always been all about the money so now with no where to hide the Liberals are feeding us yet another promise to do the right thing if re-elected with a so sorry we destroyed the horse racing industry, they all spin platforms to get elected- don't fall for soft talk keep up preasure and force your choosen candidate to put it in writting that the horse racing and rural Ontario will get their full support and if they are all in such agreeance that stopping the SARP was wrong then get a straight answer "will you re-instate the Slots at Racetrack Program as it was"
All parties are campaigning so make your support to them mean support in return.

February 4, 2013 - 2:57 pmLet's be clear on this point:

Don Patrick SAID...

Let's be clear on this point: Everyone was aware of the gas plant fiasco, the Ornge, AND the OLG fiasco prior to the budget vote. EVERYONE.

February 4, 2013 - 2:17 pmAlong with comments on SC,

Along with comments on SC, would everyone please send their comments also to the star and Sun and lets inundate them with these e-mails.

February 4, 2013 - 1:39 pmEveryone wants to look good

Everyone wants to look good in the publice eye. Let the OLG and Godfrey put their mega casino in Toronto (hopefully at Woodbine) and leave the current program in place for rural Ontario. Don't these individuals know what "no" means, Barrie, Ktichener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Hamilton turned down the casino's. Many more communities feel the same but for some reason the OLG doesn't get it. As I said once before, the OLG is only interested in padding their pockets with no compassion to the thousands of people and businesses in rural Ontario.

February 4, 2013 - 1:37 pmA breath of fresh air indeed.

A breath of fresh air indeed. Ms. Horwath absolutely had a chance to call an election last spring, however based solely on OUR issue wasn't political reason enough. In the meantime, over these past months more and more information has come forth and the true bigger picture has been painted as to the OLG, gas plants and Ornge to name a few of the Liberal boondoggles. That, and the fact that they have now "tried" to work with a minority government and got prorogued..... Kinda lends itself to hope that this time around will be different, politically speaking. Ontario has much to lose under the current government and Jobs, whether maintaining the ones we have or creating new ones will be a top of any political platform going forward. OLG has no intention of including horse racing in an overall provincial gaming strategy as it stands....lets hope as Ms. Horwath has suggested this agency needs and gets a thorough review ASAP. For the record, I am a supporter of any politician or party who can get the job done with transparency and accountability at the forefront. The clock is ticking......
Our fight is Paul Harvey's commentary on why "god made a farmer".....if you haven't yet, you should listen to it. THAT is our battle-cry!

February 4, 2013 - 1:13 pmMaybe she should have done

alan guthrie SAID...

Maybe she should have done something when she had the chance and not alowed the budget to pass.

February 4, 2013 - 12:28 pmBreath of fresh air? I hope

Don Patrick SAID...

Breath of fresh air? I hope you are kidding, Ted. Horvath had the chance to stop all of this by voting against the Liberal budget. Instead, she had her party abstain from voting, thus allowing the budget to pass. She could have forced an election to stop this madness.....but she did not. Hardly a breath of fresh air in my opinion.

February 4, 2013 - 12:16 pmA breath of fresh air???

A breath of fresh air??? Sounds like more NDP blowing in the wind. We have seen before that Andrea likes to tell you what you want to hear and when push comes to shove, she sits on her hands. I’d say just a bunch of hot air!!!!

February 4, 2013 - 11:12 amI think it might be

John Celii SAID...

I think it might be appropriate to invoke the "the wheels of the grindstone grind slowly, but they grind" here. It is encouraging to see that the polictical tide is beginning to change as many are coming to the conclusion that the original "let's destroy the racing industry" decision, was very premature and totally inappropriate! Good luck with your challenge in influencing your decision makers to do the right thing for standardbred racing.

February 4, 2013 - 11:07 amTed, in answer to your

Ted, in answer to your question.... it's because Ms. Wynne is a clone to Dalton McGuinty and as per her direct quote on her leadership win, "she is going to continue his legacy". And contrary to her leadership promise to put a "pause" on the OLG modernization process pending a review, she is just going to allow Godfrey and his cronies to bulldoze the municipalities into an agreement to allow the US based casinos into their communities. Just more political rhetoric from the Liberals to stay in power with no substance....... God help Ontario.

February 4, 2013 - 10:04 amWhat a breath of fresh air.

What a breath of fresh air. Thank you Andrea for standing up to the powerful lobbyists, the OLG,Larry Tannenbaum, and his Liberal buddy Paul Godfrey.
Why does Ms.Wynn not get it?
Ted Wilson

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