Published on May 31, 2018


An Ontario PC Government will immediately begin work to bring back the Slots at Racetracks Program Much-needed support for Ontario Racing

Today, Ray Ferraro announced that an Ontario PC government will immediately begin work to bring back the Slots-at-Racetracks Program (SARP), benefitting the local tracks, Grand River, Mohawk and Flamboro

“Without warning, Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals killed the Slots-at-Racetrack Program, destroying the horse racing industry. Andrea Horwath and the NDP sat on their hands and allowed this to happen,” said Ray Ferraro. “An Ontario PC government is going to work to bring this program back, and help horse racing and horse people in our surrounding areas, many of whom are residents of Guelph thrive and grow.”

In 2012, the minority Liberal Government rammed their budget through the Legislature - which included slashing SARP. Rather than voting against the budget, and stopping the gutting of the horse racing industry, the NDP industry abstained and propped up the government.

“While the Ontario PCs stood up for the horse racing industry, and voted against this cut, Andrea Horwath and the NDP chose to prop up the Liberals. They could have stopped this,” added Ray Ferraro.

The government is currently under a civil lawsuit regarding their changes to the horse racing industry. Court documents reveal the government anticipated the changes would lead to “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses,” and that part of the rationale \ behind the decision was to wedge the PCs and NDP in a by-election.

The Ontario PCs will launch a working group to consult with the horse racing community and gaming proponents to bring slots back to racetracks as quickly possible.

“Only the Ontario PCs are committed to bringing this important program back. The NDP are waffling and refusing to commit.”