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"If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It"

Published: September 11, 2012 11:06 am ET

Last Comment: September 11, 2012 3:58 pm ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

After his party tasted by-election defeat in both the Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo ridings last week, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has gone on the record in regard to the Ontario horse-racing industry and what his party is planning on doing, generally, moving forward.

"What do I do from here? Well, I'm putting my foot on the gas. I'm putting out bold, optimistic, Conservative vision of what Ontario can be," Hudak told Tim McConnell on Niagara's NewsTalk 610 CKTB

"I want to see Ontario as the best place to create jobs; to start a small business and see it grow; and to make sure our core services like health care and classroom education are there for the next generation. I worry that if we don't act today and get things under control, that we are going to be the Greece of Canada."

Later in the interview, McConnell asked Hudak point blank what the PCs would do with the future of horse racing and slots in Ontario in terms of how they are tied together.

"Yeah, I mean, they've (the Ontario Liberal Government has) made a mess out of this," Hudak said. "I'm of the view that if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? We (the Ontario PC Party) had brought in that slots-at-racetracks program. I fought for it as an MPP for the Fort Erie area, (I'm a) lifelong resident. The benefit was that as the government got the lion's share of the revenue --- 75 per cent for things like health and education --- then 25 per cent stayed in the local community: to the municipality, to the horse-racing industry, to the tracks themselves. It helped create jobs. I'm really worried that by ripping that out, we're going to displace tens of thousands of workers. The government's job today in our economy, particularly in Niagara, should be in creating jobs, not mowing them down."

September 11, 2012 - 3:58 pmThe interview podcast can be

Dave Perkins SAID...

The interview podcast can be heard at this link

September 11, 2012 - 1:49 pmHis answer to the question

His answer to the question put to him was a typical polititions ramblings. Lots of talk but no substance. Would he straighten this mess out or could he?

September 11, 2012 - 1:32 pmHappy to hear Mr. Hudak come

Happy to hear Mr. Hudak come out officially in support of the SARP. The PC's hinted as much to us a couple of weeks ago at Queen's Park, but it's nice to hear it from him. Let's get a new election rolling!

September 11, 2012 - 12:46 pmFinally, a real glimmer of

Mary DeLuca SAID...

Finally, a real glimmer of light ahead of this deep dark tunnel ride. Just don't run out of gas Mr. Hudak. My applause to you for putting reality back into perspective for these liberal yahoos.

September 11, 2012 - 12:45 pmDo you ever wonder why at any

Do you ever wonder why at any level of politics that "the people in opposition" always have the best ideas and make the most sense. Then, if and when they win, the good ideas and common sense never reappear ??????

September 11, 2012 - 11:28 amSounds like common sense to

Paul Gangle SAID...

Sounds like common sense to me.

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