In today's Globe and Mail "Ontario Liberals talk racetrack closures to pull on the reins"
- At present, 20 per cent of the revenue from those machines is used to keep the horses running; Mr. Duncan strongly hinted that he intends for the province to keep it instead. In effect, he’s saying that 17 racetracks is more than Ontario needs, so he’s prepared for many of them to just become gaming sites (or shut down altogether and stop drawing slot-machine customers away from nearby casinos).
Of course, they didn't suddenly find a religion of good fiscal management; they simply found an easy target.
About $345M in the province goes to racing. We may expect that number to drop by a third or more when they're through, in my opinion.