On Monday, September 16 during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature, Premier Kathleen Wynne defended the Ontario Liberals’ course of action in regard to the future of the provincial horse-racing industry.
Under questioning from Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton — who has recently been promoted to the role of PC Labour Critic — Premier Wynne vowed that her government’s decisions will lead to a sustainable horse-racing industry in Ontario.
“My intention and my objective is to make sure that continues — that we have a sustainable horse-racing industry well into the future,” said Wynne, who is also Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Food. “We’ve committed $180-million to allow for that transition to a more sustainable industry.”
“We have been clear that modernizing the system and integrating the horse-racing industry with the gaming industry has been a priority,” Wynne said. “That is the instruction we have given the OLG, that is the conversation we have been having. And we have been clear that having a sustainable horse-racing industry is our objective.”