FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2017
Liberal horse racing plan would result in “23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses”
Queen’s Park – “In a move that could be considered nothing but politically motivated, the Liberal government executed a plan to collapse an important Ontario industry,” stated MPP Jeff Yurek.
Explosive new documents in the civil lawsuit against the Liberal government reveals that the Liberals planned for the “collapse” of the horse racing industry and“23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses.” The documents were filed in court as former Premier Dalton McGuinty, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and senior Liberal officials are set to testify in a 2018 trial. John Wilkinson, the former Liberal cabinet minister and point-person for the file also said the plan would be effective in “wedging Tim [Hudak] and Andrea [Horwath]” in by-elections.
“The government’s 2012 decision critically damaged the industry, resulting in mass layoffs and thousands of horses needlessly being sent to slaughter,” said Yurek. “They went through with their devastating agenda knowing full well the damage they were doing. This is truly both upsetting and shocking,” Yurek concluded.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COURT DOCUMENTS:
- “We met with McKinsey, hired by finance. They confirmed under their wildly optimistic best case scenario (i.e. no collapse of the industry), we are look at 13,000 job losses and 16,000 euthanized horses between Sept. 4 and Dec. 31. Collapse (which we think is what will actually happen) is 23,000 job losses and 27,000 dead horses. The lawsuits coming our will add up to $500 million and you will be lucky to settle for $250 million.” – John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister
- “….and give us an advantage in the by-elections by wedging both Tim and Andrea.” – John Wilkinson, former Liberal Cabinet Minister
- “The only thing that keeps me going is the thought that I might still be here when the entire Slots at Racetracks program is either slashed brutally, or purse pooling and yearly ‘grants’ based on yearly applications gets rid of the notion that horsemen have of slot money being ‘their’ money.” – Policy Advisor, Gaming Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance