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Letter: Sudbury Downs’ demise puts spotlight on government mismanagement

By: Letter to the Editor

 | Jun 03, 2014 - 10:32 AM |

Re: Article “Race track can’t run at a loss, owner says,” which appeared in the May 29 edition of Northern Life.

In case we didn’t have enough examples of the consequences of Liberal mismanagement of Ontario, we can now add another one: the 2014 horse racing season at Sudbury Downs has been cancelled.

Back in 1997, the province of Ontario struck a deal with the horse-racing industry. They made a deal that would allow the race tracks to keep 20 per cent of the profits from slot machines, while the province would keep 80 per cent of this new money to add to its provincial coffers. The new revenue allowed the industry to flourish.

This decision to remove the slot machines has devastated the horse-racing industry.

On May 26, the announcement was made that Sudbury Downs will not operate for the 2014 season.

This Liberal government made another rash, poorly thought-out decision. There is a pattern of mismanagement with this government.

I call on the NDP and the PC party to push for the reinstatement of the slot machine program.

Frances Anne Cote
Iroquois Falls, Ont.

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