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OHHA Met With NDP Member Paul Miller

By March 9, 2012 No Comments
For Immediate Release
Campbellville, Ontario
Friday, March 09, 2012

 

The Ontario Harness Horse Association recently met with New Democratic Party Member Paul Miller.  Mr. Miller is a strong advocate for protecting the horse racing industry and the jobs that are associated with it.  As a matter of fact, Mr. Miller was one of the many MPPs that spoke at the OHHA rally on February 22, 2012.  On Thursday, March 8, 2012 Mr. Miller continued to show his support for the horse racing industry by reading a member’s statement into the record at Queen’s Park.  The following is a transcript of that member’s statement as recorded in Hansard.

 
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO
Thursday 8 March 2012
MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS
Horse racing industry 

 

Mr. Paul Miller: The Ontario horse racing and breeding industry employs 60,000 people, more than 31,000 full-time, including trainers, grooms, feed store owners, feed growers, barn crews, concession staff, paying $1.5 billion a year in wages.  Workers in the racing community pay taxes and contribute to our economy.  Tomorrow, they could be on the welfare and unemployment lines.

One writer to me quoted Minister Duncan, “If it’s not a subsidy, then why do they need it?”  To which he replied, “My paycheque is not a subsidy, but I really need it.”  Another said, “I know one thing: the Liberals are sure waking up a lot of sleeping votes.  Scare enough horses and you’ll get a stampede.”

Cripple the rural community and the economy, and $2 billion in horse racing and breeding industry expenditures will disappear in primarily rural and agricultural communities.  Any change to this agreement should be negotiated because it could virtually end the successful revenue stream, costing the government $1.1 billion a year.

Speaker, the horse racing industry revenue is not—I repeat, not—a subsidy.  It is a revenue-sharing partnership with the OLG, providing the government with revenue of more than $1 billion a year towards funding health care and education. This agreement is not a secretive subsidy for just a few wealthy horse owners.  It was reached because Ontarians mostly voted they did not want slot machines.

Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

For further information contact:
Brian Tropea, General Manager
905-854-6442 or 1-866-774-6442 ext. 222
Email: brian@ohha.ca

IN CONSIDERATION OF THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

(a) I agree to abide by OHHA's constitution and by-laws and appoint and grant OHHA the right to act as my sole and exclusive agent and representative for the purposes of negotiating and executing contracts with all racetracks in the Province of Ontario and executing agreements relating to racing with any other group, body or association and I assign and transfer to OHHA, during the time I am a member, all my intellectual property rights, throughout the world, including copyrights, personality rights, and any causes of action related thereto, that I may own, arising from or related to my racing activity.

(b) I agree and consent to the terms of the Privacy Agreement of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, a copy of which is published on the Ontario Harness Horse Association's website and available to me in print on request.