UPDATE: Ombudsman Will Not Investigate End of Racetrack Slots
Ontario's ombudsman won't investigate the province's decision to end the 'Slots at Racetracks' program.
While Andre Marine admits he received more than 350 complaints about the decision, he underlined in a statement that it was a matter of broad public policy. He says it's not the type of decision the Ombudsman's office would review.
The Liberal government made the announcement in March of 2012. The program is expected to end later this month.
Marin says the decision was made after the OLG's own strategic business review, which included stakeholder consultation.
In Question Period, NDP MPP Taras Natyshak demanded answers to the cuts, his Windsor-area riding hit hard by last year's decision.
Natyshak says he doesn't understand how the OLG will back private companies but doesn't mind "obliterating" the horse-racing industry. He says tens of thousands of full-time jobs are in jeopardy.
Premier Kathleen Wynne defended the move, pointing to a panel that looked into the matter. She says the program gave more money that was needed in the industry.
Wynne says the province is working with racetracks so they have the ability to survive.