QROOI – NOTICE TO MEMBERS
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The Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc and its Board of Directors have put this page together to advise our membership of what is being done in the industry from a QROOI perspective and to provide details regarding the OHRIA (Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association) project plan and rollout. We would like to thank all of you for your tremendous support for the industry during these threatening times. The ‘Grassroots’ campaign is starting to have an effect on government and the media has begun to take our position and post important questions to the Liberal government.
The QROOI asks that you continue to write or call your local MPP’s and ask them to take a position on horse racing inOntario. Inform them about how a closure of the slot program would affect you and those around you. Contact the leaders of the Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties and especially the finance Minister Dwight Duncan. (we have listed a few key contacts for you to address below)
Request a face to face meeting with your local MPP so that you can be sure that they hear your point of view, the QROOI will be happy to provide a representative to accompany you. Please advise the QROOI Head Office of the meeting date and time. You can reach the office by phone at (905) 426-7050 or by email at email@example.com
Contact anyone that you do business with that may be affected by a downturn in the racing industry and have them do the same.
Keep the QROOI informed on what you are doing; send us a copy of the letters being sent and who they have been sent to. We are meeting with these officials on a regular basis and having a collection of letters that show support for our program can only be beneficial.
Join our Facebook group ‘STAND-UP For Ontario Horse Racing’ and invite everyone that would like to be informed to join this group. It currently has over 800 members and has been a place for getting information out and for discussion by all.
We are committed to getting your voices heard and commit to representing the industry by meeting with all MPP’s that are willing to listen. We have been in contact with Joe Dickson MPP Ajax/Pickering and will continue to work with him to get our local message out. We have also contacted the government relations firm that worked with the QROOI last year in getting our funding model adjusted and will be working with them over the coming weeks….we are also working with OHRIA as part of the Ontario horse racing industry.
OHRIA ‘Grassroots’ Initiative
The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association represents both racetrack and horse people in theprovinceofOntario. The QROOI have been members of OHRIA since its beginning and currently have representation on the Board of Directors. OHRIA on behalf of the entire industry has engaged the services of the public relations firm ‘Broadview Strategy Group’ and the government relations firm ‘Sussex Strategy Group’.
The grassroots campaign with the goal “to gain the Government of Ontario’s support to protect the existing OLG Slots at Race Track Program by mobilizing concerned citizens, industry stake holders and municipal politicians to lobby in support of the industry.” Note that “concerned citizens” and “industry stake holders” include you and everyone associated with racing.
Some Elements of the program may include:
- Public Opinion Research
- Telephone Town Hall style meetings across Ontario
- Direct Ad-mail campaign
- Advertising campaign to include ads on Billboards and Transit Shelters
- Flyer production for distribution at all 17 Ontario racetracks etc.
WHO CAN I WRITE?
Send your message here to your local MPP:
The Honourable Dalton McGuinty
Room 281, Main Legislative BuildingQueen’s Park
Toronto,Ontario M7A 1A1
|Minister of Finance
The Honourable Dwight Duncan
7th Floor, Frost Building South
7 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Y7
|Joe Dickson, MPP (Ajax Pickering)
201A-50 Commercial Avenue
Toronto, ON M7A 1A2
Phone: (905) 427-2060
Toll-free Phone: (905) 427-6976
|Mayor Steve Parish
65 Harwood Avenue South
Ajax, ON L1S 2H9
Phone: 905-619-2529, ext. 3332
|You may want to CC:
Tim Hudak, MPP (Niagara West–Glanbrook)
Leader of the Opposition
Room 381, Main Legislative Building
Toronto,Ontario M7A 1A8
Tel: (416) 325-8454
Fax: (416) 325-0998
|Or the Leader of the NDP
Andrea Horwath, MPP (Hamilton Centre)
Room 113, Main Legislative Building,
Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
Tel: (416) 325-2777
Fax: (416) 325-2770
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