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Charles says it again: OLG headquarters not moving

Monday, April 28, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

MPP DAVID ORAZIETTI

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Province remains committed to maintaining OLG jobs and head office in Sault Ste. Marie.

Liberal Government Protecting Jobs in the Sault

Today, Finance Minister Charles Sousa re-asserted the province's commitment to maintaining the Ontario Lottery and Gaming's (OLG) head office in Sault Ste. Marie.

“The OLG’s Sault Ste. Marie Office continues to be critical to the success of the lottery and gaming business in Ontario,” said Sousa. “These jobs are important for OLG and for the city and we will continue to develop ways to ensure OLG’s office and staff in Sault. Ste. Marie will continue to play a key role. Both myself and Premier Wynne have been clear that there are no plans to move OLG jobs from Sault Ste. Marie, and that were are committed to keeping OLG jobs and head office in the community.”

Sousa re-confirmed the province’s position following the Auditor General’s report on OLG Modernization.

“Our government has consistently affirmed the importance of maintaining OLG jobs and head office in Sault Ste. Marie because we recognize that OLG employees in the Sault are critical to the long-term success to the modernization plan and the industry as a whole,”said David Orazietti, MPP. “I’m very pleased by today’s news restating that position. These jobs are vital to the economic well-being of our city, and I will continue to work with the Premier and the Minister of Finance to further strengthen OLG’s presence in our community moving forward.”

In April 2011, Orazietti and OLG CEO Rod Phillips announced that the government did not intend to move forward with the Drummond report's recommendation on OLG restructuring, and that the Sault office would continue to play an integral role in OLG operations.

Since that time, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa has consistently maintained that position, stating that “I continue to assure you that the OLG’s head office in Sault Ste. Marie will remain open.”

Last August, the Premier further confirmed that "the province's number one priority right now as a government is helping businesses create jobs and grow. Our plan includes the OLG head office remaining in Sault Ste. Marie. Keeping that office there has and will continue to help the city and local economy remain on sound footing so it can continue to prosper. Through modernization, we will ensure that Sault Ste. Marie continues to have an important role in the shape of the OLG's future."

Announced in 2012, the OLG Modernization plan is designed to develop the province’s gaming industry and create jobs and economic growth throughout the province.

Once fully implemented, modernization will generate approximately $1 billion annually in additional revenue, which goes directly towards funding hospitals and other provincial priorities.

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Hatch 4/28/2014 5:04:13 PM Report

With an election coming, why would they lie?
rockbanger 4/28/2014 5:11:32 PM Report

PPP

There is a damning report out about municipalities that used the 3P finance method to fund such things as hospitals.

Failed in Europe and Down Under. Failed miserably.

Perhaps we should send the McGuinty clan of liars down under!

SAH was financed in this method and what this does is leaves a nightmare for the future governments of Ontario.
Mr. Poster 4/28/2014 5:27:03 PM Report

It will take more than this to save Davie at the polls.
OrlandoFlorida 4/28/2014 5:46:34 PM Report

I guess the minister didn't think he should update this press release, the last paragraph still proclaims the Modernization plan will generate an additional 1 billion dollars per year. The Auditor General states OLG might be able to generate an additional $400 million per year. The Minister states it will create jobs in Ontario, The AG report expects the number of lottery / gaming jobs to decrease from current levels. I smell political crap, and its coming from the Minister. Even when they get caught with gross exaggerations they continue on with the Lies!
molder2 4/28/2014 5:49:41 PM Report

All empires will fall ! History repeating it`s self...
Gater 4/28/2014 6:18:47 PM Report

WOW The Political promises are coming out of the wood work..
Election this Spring/Summer for sure
KDawg 4/28/2014 6:37:37 PM Report

I only hope that taxpayers won't fall for all the giveaways of our own money... YET AGAIN.
SuperiorGuy 4/28/2014 7:15:21 PM Report

The obvious continues to elude many...once Modernization sells everything, what is there to be Head Office over? Staff, training, marketing, everything will be managed by private sector leaving oversight to be done by Alcohol and Gaming and a handful of OLG staff. How many hundreds of jobs will be gone here, Toronto and elsewhere may be buried in the Auditor General Report that speaks of OLG downsizing. It may be the political sensitivity of losing OLG jobs here as a result of Modernization accounts for the silence on the subject.
Mr. Poster 4/28/2014 7:33:27 PM Report

I have no use for David O and his bandit Liberals. I do have a problem trying to figure out which party I would vote for to replace those bandits .We have been down the NDP road before. We know what the Cons did before as well. I cannot warm up to Hudak and Horwarth propped up the Linerals one too many times. What are voters to do? Does this mean another Liberal minority?
IgnorantNortherner 4/28/2014 8:39:05 PM Report

You guys aren't going to like hearing this but lean in real close as it's vitally important you realize this sooner rather than later so that we can all move forward and establish a government THAT WORKS FOR US.

There can be NO MORE "lesser of the evils" voting mentality as all that does is create exponentially more evil with every voting cycle. Real change becomes impossible and a slow decline inevitable.

It doesn't matter what TEAM you subscribe to because the corruption, coercion, theft and lies are so deep rooted in the culture of each of the current political "options" and their career politicians that there is ZERO chance of saving face.

They are ALL multiple heads of the same beast that must first be struck down IN ITS ENTIRETY before we can start anew and install people that will REALLY work for your best interests. Real short terms, no crazy financial incentive, anyone caught taking corporate handouts gets life in the slammer, etc.

I just think the least we can do for future generations and what we absolutely owe them is to hand off a functional government that will work for them, rather than the other way around.
Mr. Poster 4/28/2014 9:14:57 PM Report

The challenge is getting there.I think we all would like a total change in how our government is run. we need a hero or two to get the ball rolling.
rider_ 4/28/2014 11:46:48 PM Report

excellent move
eadiecougs 4/29/2014 12:15:25 AM Report

poster u a dam fool NDP is the choice
wandering 4/29/2014 12:29:09 AM Report

sault is going down not going up
scary to buy anything in the Sault now
more and more jobs is going
ThinkAgain 4/29/2014 10:10:22 AM Report

The 3 ring circus is simply a joke. Stuffing there own pockets (setting themselves up for a luxury pension) and feeding special interest groups of there personal choosing.

Its time to develop a new party all together and make drastic changes in all levels of government.

STOP the lying and pointing fingers routine.
Start becoming responsible for decision making.

Entity 4/29/2014 9:30:12 PM Report

The OLG headquarters has been in Toronto for years. Anyone who thinks that there's any meaningful policy decisions coming out of Sault Ste. Marie is delusional.
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