Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’ll inject 400-million dollars over 5 years into the struggling horse-racing industry.
It was a recommendation made by a panel appointed by the Liberals after they cancelled the slots-at-racetracks program, leaving the sector reeling. Wynne says the money is an investment in the future.
The government panel recommends the funding go to a standard-bred racing alliance involving eight tracks including Flamborough, Mohawk and Woodbine.
Fort Erie is not on the list. Conserative leader Tim Hudak says this is probably the “final death knell” for his hometown track.
The Tories adds that the damage has already been done in rural Ontario, where farms have gone bankrupt and people have lost their jobs.