On Monday, September 24, Milton Council passed a motion introduced by Ward 3 Councillor Cindy Lunau that asked for fellow councillors to endorse the findings of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel's August 17 interim report.
In endorsing Lunau's motion, the Town of Milton resolved that it endorses the transition panel's findings that have identified the benefits the town receives courtesy of a strong equine sector and horse-racing industry.
Milton's endorsement of Lunau's motion clearly outlines the urgency for Ontario's reigning minority Liberal Government to address the panel's determinations and to make the proper decisions to prevent the collapse of horse-racing and related industries.
Via the motion, the Town of Milton requests the Province of Ontario to urgently work with horsepeople and organizations within the horse industry to seek every opportunity to ensure the long-term viability of horse racing and breeding, as well as the wider equine industry as "they are all vital to the economic and social well-being of our communities."
According to a report by the Milton Canadian Champion, Lunau stated to council on Monday that “Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Entertainment are major economic anchors and contributors to our local economy” and that “if we let this [the horse-racing industry] collapse, it will be almost impossible to be rebuild.”
Lunau also was quoted as saying that with the timetables put in place by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to end the slots-at-racetracks program, that she doesn't want to see "the government sitting on this for a couple of months.”
To view a copy of the Town of Milton's resolution on the subject, click here.
(With files from the Milton Canadian Champion)