DAVID ORAZIETTI, MPP
Orazietti announces OLG head office to remain in Sault Ste. Marie
Province reaffirms commitment to Sault’s economic well-being
SAULT STE. MARIE – David Orazietti, MPP was joined today via video conference with Rod Phillips, president and CEO of Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG), to announce that the OLG head office will remain in Sault Ste. Marie.
“The OLG head office will remain open in the Sault because our government understands the importance of this organization to the economic well-being of the community,” said Orazietti. “We have made historic investments in Sault Ste. Marie since 2003 and we are committed to building on the tremendous progress we have made.”
In February, the Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services by economist Don Drummond recommended the province close one of OLG’s offices in either Sault Ste. Marie or Toronto in one of 362 recommendations to eliminate Ontario’s deficit by 2017.
On March 12, 2012, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan and Paul Godfrey, OLG Chairman, presented a plan for modernizing lottery and gaming in Ontario that included maximizing revenue by responding to consumer demands.
“As we move forward with our plan to modernize lottery and gaming in Ontario, I’m very pleased that our office in the Sault will continue to play an important role,” said Phillips. “During my first week at OLG I came up to the Sault to meet our dynamic and talented staff. Since then, day after day, the staff continues to exemplify the best of OLG.”
“Since the release of the Drummond Report I have been determined and steadfast in my insistence that the OLG head office remain in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Orazietti. “Moving forward, the province will continue to closely examine every opportunity to further strengthen the Sault's economy."
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