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Ontario Government Retains Experts to Consult With Ontario Horse Racing Industry

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Ontario Government Retains Experts to Consult With Ontario Horse Racing Industry

The McGuinty government has retained three former Ontario cabinet ministers to work with horse racing stakeholders on how to secure the future of the industry and develop a proposed transitional assistance program. Panel members are:

Elmer Buchanan

Elmer Buchanan served as Ontario Minister of Agriculture from 1990 to 1995 and represented the riding of Hastings -- Peterborough as a Member of Provincial Parliament. Mr. Buchanan currently sits on the board of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and raises alpacas and angora goats on his Havelock, Ontario family farm.

John Snobelen

John Snobelen is an internationally renowned horseman and was inducted into the National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame in 1994. He served as Minister of Education and Minister of Natural Resources and represented the riding of Mississauga North and Mississauga West as a Member of Provincial Parliament from 1995 to 2003. Mr. Snobelen is president of Beyond Consensus Inc., a firm specializing in conflict resolution.

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson was first elected in 2003 as Member of Provincial Parliament for Perth-Middlesex. In 2007, he was re-elected as MPP for Perth-Wellington. The first Certified Financial Planner to sit in the Ontario Legislature, he was named to the provincial cabinet in 2007. He served as Minister of Research and Innovation, then as Minster of Revenue and subsequently as Minister of the Environment. During his tenure he implemented Ontario's Innovation Agenda, was responsible for the largest tax reform package in four decades and was responsible for the passage of the Ontario Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act. Currently, Mr. Wilkinson is the President & CEO of Wilkinson Insight Incorporated of Stratford.

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