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Overwhelming Public Support For Slots At Racetracks Program

Published: March 23, 2012 1:42 pm ET

Last Comment: March 24, 2012 2:54 pm ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Fully three quarters of Ontarians say they approve of the 'Slots at the Racetrack' program (74%), and two-thirds approve of the specific terms of the deal OLG currently has with Ontario's horse racing tracks (61%) according to a new survey conducted by Forum Research on behalf of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association.

The vast majority say it is important that the 60,000 jobs connected to Ontario's racing and breeding industry stay in the province (84%), and close to one third say it is "extremely important" (31%).

Most feel that the 20% of slot revenues the tracks receive is the right percentage (43%), although many think it is too low (30%).

Three quarters of Ontarians (77%) say it is important that the jobs and revenues created by 'Slots at the Racetrack' be maintained, and close to one quarter say it is "extremely important" (22%).

The majority do not approve of the provincial government building more casinos (58%) and a similar proportion disapprove of a casino being built in their town (57%).

One half approve of gaming tables at racetracks (50%), and the largest group thinks the best plan for OLG is to leave slots at the racetracks and refrain from building new resort casinos. Only a small minority opt for removing slots from racetracks, either to new casinos (8%) or to purpose built slot facilities (5%).

When asked where slots should ideally be located, two thirds say "at racetracks, where they are now" (62%).

"It is clear Ontarians understand the importance of Ontario's horse racing and breeding association and that they want their government to act to protect this industry," said Sue Leslie, President of OHRIA. "We hope the government will commit to honouring the existing contracts through 2015 and developing a sustainable way forward for the industry so that we can continue generating more than $1.1 billion per year for healthcare."

This poll was conducted by Forum Research Inc for OHRIA between March 17 and March 22, 2012, on a sample of 1006 randomly selected respondents. Interviews were conducted by telephone using an RDD sample. The margin of error for a sample this size is plus or minus 3%, 19 times out of 20.

(OHRIA)

March 24, 2012 - 2:54 pmI think we are letting this

I think we are letting this Govt. off too easy. $25 Million is missing at ORNGE and millions have been paid out by ehealth to private companies that were owned by employees of ehealth.

As you read this, the Ontario Provincial Police are studying the files of ORNGE, looking for the missing 25 million dollars.

This Govt. does not deserve our votes and criminal charges should be laid ASAP.

In my opinion, the Liberals are lucky to have the racing people as partners. Most companies would give them a wide berth for the sake of safety.(and their wallets)

March 23, 2012 - 11:10 pmAlan Fair Ted McMeeken is

Alan W Fair SAID...

Alan Fair
Ted McMeeken is Minister of Agriculture and Flamboro Downs is in his riding. He is also our representative at Queens Park. We have been e-mailing him for two weeks with no reply. His voice mail is full so can't leave a message. We have asked him to vote for his constituients wishes and not his party.

March 23, 2012 - 3:52 pmAfter reading the results of

Paul Gangle SAID...

After reading the results of this most recent survey, isn't it ironic that the people of Ontario know what's best for Ontario but the Provincial gov't doesn't. It is so sad that the Liberals are allowed to destroy an industry that has been around for over 200 years and the livelihood of so many hard working people in the process. By the way.... where is the Minister of Agriculture? Is he not supposed to represent the interests of rural and agricultural communities. Obviously he had a "gag" order placed on him too. I hope the voters in his riding take note.


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