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Wynne shoots Fort Erie in the head

The Fort Erie Race Track is done.

A five-year, $1 billion plan for the Ontario horse racing industry does not include Fort Erie.

“The panel can find no path to sustainability for a resident racing program at Fort Erie,” states the final report of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel which was released this morning.

“Supporting a racing season at Fort Erie is not consistent with a sustainable horse racing industry. The panel believes the public and the industry are better served with one resident thoroughbred track, Woodbine.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the news official in a speech at the Grand River Raceway north of Guelph.

The panel suggests thoroughbreds might race at Fort Erie in a “festival meet” in which horses would ship in for race days but not be stabled.

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  1. Patty Mountain | Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    So first McGUILTY and now WYNNER, this is awful and it is not right. It is about time the Federal Government steps in and gives these idiot Liberals a slap up side the head.

  2. Bonnie Ruston | Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    L think you making a huge mistake for a town like fort erie

  3. Lukespoon | Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Not good!

  4. marion | Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    This is a real BLOW to Fort Erie Racing industry ..Something needs to be DONE with this government their all thieves you been stealing from every part of government all of u ..NOT A PROUD CANADIAN… IT’s going to be VERY SAD to see more horses off to the MEAT MARKET… ONTARIO GOVERNMENT U MAKE ME SICK….

  5. Ryan | Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    When you look at the math, and the amount of money that the FELRC was seeking every year to keep this track alive, it doesn’t add up.

    If the track was near break-even annually, it would make sense to have the government ensure any small shortfall – but millions of dollars a year to keep an entertainment venue running isn’t viable.

    Unfortunately, without the revenue from slots, this track is financially insolvent. If another sustainable source of income for the track could be found, it would help – but I fear that it is too late.

    It would be nice if the government had deep pockets to keep all failing businesses afloat, but money needs to go elsewhere instead of horse racing.

  6. JS | Oct 11, 2013 | Reply

    Honestly what do you expect the government to do ? Keep throwing money in a black hole ? If its not sustainable, its not sustainable. At least the Liberals threw money at it for a while, Hudak and the PCs would have cut the ties a while ago. His solution was privatization … which clearly isn’t sustainable either, otherwise the government cutting off funding wouldn’t be an issue.

  7. ray | Oct 15, 2013 | Reply

    very sad day that Fort Erie racetrack could be gone..shame on the Liberals..they had to go and mess with what Mike Harris did when he was in was a win for the government and the race tracks..the Liberals always screw everything up they touch..hope your happy Wynne..

  8. Jim Thibert | Oct 17, 2013 | Reply

    NO track in Ontario is “sustainable” without government funding….read the report.
    Woodbine gets a $100 million. Fort Erie fights for$8.
    It is fair comment to say do not support subsidies but…all subsidies.
    Foolish to attack Fort Erie, where we live and ignore bigger subsidies for same thing elsewhere.
    Get behind your team!

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