Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford Needs To Explain His ‘Star Candidate’s’ Decision To Shut Down Fort Erie’s Slots At Racetrack Program

‘Rod Phillips … now a star candidate for Doug Ford … was CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and made the call to demolish the Slots at Racetrack program.’ – Niagara Falls Riding NDP candidate Wayne Gates

A News Release from Niagara Falls Ontario NDP candidate Wayne Gates

Posted June 2nd, , 2018 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP MPP Wayne Gates for a Niagara Falls Riding that includes Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Fort Erie, Ontario  – As the Fort Erie race track opens its doors for the first day of the season, Ontario NDP Niagara Falls candidate Wayne Gates demanded Doug Ford explain why his own star candidate shut down the Slots at Racetrack program, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs at the Fort Erie, Windsor and Sarnia racetracks, and long-term damage to the region’s economies.

Rod Phillips is now a star candidate for Doug Ford. In 2012, Phillips was CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and made the call to demolish the Slots at Racetrack program.

“After what he did to working people and their families in this region, Rod Phillips should be ashamed,” said NDP Candidate Wayne Gates. “But Doug Ford apparently agrees with Phillips and his terrible decision to scrap the Slots at Racetracks – because Ford handpicked him to be a star candidate for the Conservatives.

“The Wynne Liberals continue to hand over more control of the horseracing industry to private interests. But let’s not go from bad to worse – the Ford Conservatives, are looking for votes in our community despite the damage they’ve already done here.

“I’ve been a proud advocate for the Slots at Racetrack program in my capacity as MPP and Ontario New Democrats are committed to undoing the damage of the consecutive Liberal and Conservative policies and are fully committed to doing everything we can to bring jobs back.”

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