“The ponies aren’t running like they used to at Sudbury Downs,” Horwath said. “The shortened season wraps up at the end of the week after only 20 races, leaving horse people in Sudbury and across the north worried about what happens next.”
“They’ve seen uncertainty and layoffs across the board. When will the premier offer some good news for a change and provide long-term support for horse racing in Sudbury?”
In the NDP's estimation, Ontario has taken a “wait-and-see approach” to the horse-racing industry. Sudbury deserves a better strategy, Horwath said.
“The premier says she understands the needs of rural Ontario, but her government has nearly put an entire rural industry completely out of the running,” the NDP leader said. “Sudbury horse people are barely hanging on after such a short season.
“When will the Premier make a real long-term commitment to horse racing in Sudbury and end the endless talk and piecemeal promises?”