People in Ajax are fuming about the possible closure of Ajax Downs, and wondering why nearby Pickering is getting a boost at their expense.
Is Pickering the best location for the Durham Live mega-project considering the site seems ill-equipped to handle increased traffic volume?
Then there’s the quarter horse racetrack next to the Ajax casino. If the horsemen don’t receive part of the slots revenue as is the case today, it’s unlikely these horses will run at all or ever again.
And, if the quarter horse industry perishes, it means the loss of 1,700 jobs and $8M in annual property taxes. But, what’s really unnerving about this project is the secrecy.
At a Doug Ford rally earlier this week, I spoke with Ajax PC candidate Rod Phillips and then we paid a visit to Ajax Downs to ask patrons what they thought about the casino gamble the Liberals are taking.
Few are happy about the prospect of losing Ajax Downs and the horse racetrack if the Durham Live deal goes through, so why are the Liberals determined to fix something that’s not broken?
And who really stands to gain from what seems a malicious act against Ajax Downs?
It seems there’s a lot more to this gambit than meets the eye. Stay tuned.