Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 05/24/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 05/28/2013 3:51 PM | Updates
THE Manitoba Jockey Club is continuing its fight for survival, launching civil actions against the Selinger government, Finance Minister Stan Struthers and the Red River Exhibition Association for $350 million. The jockey club is also seeking another $15 million from the Red River Ex and its CEO, Garth Rogerson.
The lawsuit follows a successful court move earlier this month to get an injunction ordering the province to release funds to Assiniboia Downs raised through a levy on wagering at the track. However, the court dismissed a request to block the province from passing a law directing Manitoba Lotteries Corporation to break its VLT contract with the jockey club.
Jockey club lawyer Jeff Rath said the civil suit was taken on the advice of Justice Robert Dewar -- who issued the order and injunction against the province -- to take civil action against the province if it believed the province was interfering with the lotteries contract.
The provincial government announced in its budget speech last month it would redirect millions of dollars provided annually to Assiniboia Downs with legislation to break the VLT contract between Manitoba Lotteries and the jockey club, allowing it to remove the VLTs at the Downs and place them elsewhere. The government also plans to amend existing legislation that would effectively redirect several million dollars collected annually on wagering at the track and use it for things such as health care and education.
The jockey club alleges Struthers is conspiring with the Red River Ex to drive the jockey club into bankruptcy, allowing the Ex to take over Assiniboia Downs.
Statements of defence have not been filed.
The jockey club has also asked the RCMP to investigate the actions of Struthers and the Red River Ex.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 24, 2013 A8
Updated on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 3:51 PM CDT: Tweaks background of case.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Downtown outage causes 1,400 to lose power
Prairie Barge Festival brings Manitoba, Saskatchewan artists to The Forks
Stabbing in Weston area sends man to hospital
Approaching cars will be a no-no
Thoughts from those with their hands out
Long weekend to see mix of showers and sunny skies
Finding our voice: A primer on the Manitoba dialect
Blaze razes West Hawk landmark
Scientists back in Winnipeg
Teen denied bail in nightclub shooting
Judge slaps cable's Marty
Damaged bridge divides a town
New kitchen, less distress
Moose-hunting ban expanded in Manitoba
Sniffing out zebra mussels
Spat over who will step down
A familiar tragedy
Candidates' signs allowed today
MPI can keep some secrets private: PUB
Doctors told to cut back on joint replacements
Resource centre gives kids a voice
Your Weekend Weather
Reduced limits in effect Monday: School zones apply new, lower speeds
Construction angers shelter
Is it over already? Camp season a success
Trending that caught Doug's eye: Botched guarantees
Pédale fait sa rentrée universitaire
Random acts of kindness
Welcome to the complaints department
Super-speeders in the crosshairs of Mounties who patrol Manitoba's highways
The culture of rape: Myths, misconceptions and reality