The new Ontario government believes in a strong, sustainable future for the horse racing industry in this province. We have a plan, guided by the report of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, for a way forward that will put the industry on a sustainable path. I know how important the horse racing and breeding industries are to the culture and economy of communities across Ontario, and that is why our government will continue to work with the industry to ensure that it has a strong, sustainable future.
Each year, horse racing events such as the Royal Ascot in England and the Kentucky Derby attract racing revelers from every corner of the world. But why hop a plane when you can experience an afternoon at the races right here in Vancouver? You're probably not going to run into Kate and Wills cheering on their favorite horse from the sidelines, but you will experience the excitement of betting on live horse racing while enjoying a day or night out with your friends.
Legislative oversight is fundamental to good government. And with less and less of it, the government does more and more by decree. B.C. isn't well-served by that. In 2012, the B.C. legislature sat for 47 days. Among its numerous legislative duties: to debate and approve a $44-billion budget. Forty-seven days is simply insufficient to do that and everything else well.