The general manager of the Ontario Harness Horse Association said the NDP's compromise with the minority Liberal government doesn't do enough for the horse racing industry.

The province announced Monday one-time transition funding to help those in the industry move away from the "slots at racetracks" program, which the Liberals killed last month.

Brian Tropea said the transition plan does not do enough.

"It sounds like it's just delaying the inevitable," he said. "There are no details of what it would be, when it would be, how long it would be for."

The slots at racetracks program provided the horse racing industry $340 million annually. The money was a percentage of slot revenue generated at racetracks. It was used for race purses at the tracks.

Tropea said the industry is now in danger of collapsing without the money.

He said horse breeders and trainers have live assets, including horses and foals, that breeders won't get a return on for up to four years. He said the 60,000 people allegedly tied to the horse racing industry can't easily make the transition out of the industry.

"If it is a true transitional subsidy, we hope it would cover a few years," Tropea said.


Brian Tropea said the government and NDP have not done enough for the horse racing industry. (CBC News)

Essex NDP MPP Taras Natyshak praised what he considers a small victory for his party.

"The Liberal government decided to end the slots at racetracks program without consultation. This is not an NDP budget, and we would not have made that decision," Natyshak said in a media release. "However, we have stepped in to secure additional funding that will help stabilize the horse racing industry and the jobs that depend on it."

The government hasn't announced how much funding will be made available.

The Liberals have, however, agreed to sit down and discuss the industry's future with the OHHA.

Tropea is hopeful more can be accomplished during those discussions.

"Everybody that we've ever spoke to, once you explain the impact of the industry, they get it," Tropea said.

Windsor city councillor Percy Hatfield spearheaded a local political effort to convince the province to change its decision.

"We are getting both to the table, and that was the purpose," Hatfield said of his motion made earlier this month.

Hatfield said the compromise is neither a win nor a loss for the industry and NDP.

"It's a bit of both because we didn't get the slots decision reversed," Hatfield said.

The councillor called the the end of the slots program "a mistake" and a "short-term money savings."

He said if the transition fund and horse industry as a whole fail, "somebody's going to have to answer to the loss of 2,000 local jobs."