“That kind of money would pay for over nine million hours of home care or insulin pumps and supplies for five years for almost 17,000 people,” Mr. Duncan said.
“We are reviewing every program, every asset and every function of government. We are considering if government should be in a specific line of business or service delivery.”
If you ask the Ottawa Citizen, they ask what's there to think about?
Of course, horsemen in Ontario are making the same arguments horsemen in the United States makes when threatened with subsidy cuts. How do you decide which is more important, keeping the racing industry strong or providing home care and/or insulin pumps? Most likely by looking at how the voters are going to respond to whichever decision is made. If a MP or an American legislator is trying to weigh which way to go, odds are they are going to look at the grandstands of the racetracks and/or the profitability of racing for their answer.
If the slot subsidies are eliminated as being considered, the question will be asked "Since the first slot parlor in Ontario opened up at Windsor Raceway in 1989, what has Ontario racing done to improve or market racing to the general public? "
Sadly, if the Finance Minister's threat comes true, historians of racing will look at this twenty-three year period not as the Golden Era but the Era of Opportunity Lost.
What is the story about Hollywood Heyden? Was he fired, did he retire or what? According to the SBOANJ, he took a buyout from the NJSEA and was hired as a part-time television host.