Like many Fort Erie residents, I’m shocked and saddened to hear about the impending closure of the Fort Erie Racetrack this fall.
The race track has not only been an icon of our town but is also one of the longest running in North America.
The “Track” opened on June 16th,1897 and has survived the great depression, multiple recessions, and two World Wars. But it will not survive Dalton McGuinty, Kim Craitor and this Liberal government.
As the Liberals continue to lay waste to jobs in Fort Erie, Mr. Craitor stands idly by, letting his Liberal colleagues attempt to destroy our town.
While Mr. Craitor says one thing locally, he sings a very different tune at Queen’s Park instead of advocating for his community where it matters.
As a backbench MPP, Mr. Craitor does not have a lot of opportunities to ask questions in the Ontario Legislature but on May 31st, Mr. Craitor did have his chance.
Did Mr. Craitor ask the Premier about the recent closure of the slots or the imminent closure of the racetrack that is threatening his riding? Heck No! Instead, he lofted a softball question (probably written for him) to the Health Minister about Tobacco policies. This is an absolute disappointment from the man who is entrusted by the people of Fort Erie to fight on their behalf.
It is obvious that Mr. Craitor puts the interests of Dalton McGuinty and the Liberal Party ahead of those of his local constituents. By voting for Dalton McGuinty’s recent budget, and remaining silent on the issue at Queen’s Park, he has appallingly helped play a role in the closure of the racetrack. Since Kim Craitor has been elected and re-elected MPP for the riding of Niagara Falls, he has supported a government that has closed the Fort Erie hospital ER, closed the Fort Erie slots, and now, closed the Fort Erie Racetrack.
Mr. Craitor talked about “putting people first” while campaigning in the run up to the last election. I think it is more like “putting people out of jobs”.
And what does Mr. Craitor have to say about the poor decisions and reckless spending habits of his Liberal government? More to the point, why is Mr. Craitor so afraid to say it where it matters most in the Legislature at Queens Park?