Minister aims to make race track “best in the country”

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BIBLE HILL – Keith Colwell talked about some of his plans for the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, including the appointment of a five-person board, during the Truro Harness Horse Owners’ banquet on Saturday.

The Nova Scotia agriculture minister said all board members would be from the business realm and that the facility would be run as a business.

“We’re going to make sure the whole operation is profitable and accountable,” he stated.

He said the province will support and help the racing industry but he is not sure what steps they will take to do that yet.

He explained that there would be a manager hired, and the current interim manager will be able to apply for the job.

“The manager will have to make money; if they don’t they won’t keep their job.”

Colwell admitted that he does not know anything about harness racing but plans to learn.

“I would like to see the track here, in five or six years, be considered the best in the country,” he said.

He stated that auditing is being done to see how the structure operated in the past and what changes would help.

“I want to commend the people who’ve done a tremendous job over the years to keep things running,” he added.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Terry Rebore
    April 01, 2014 - 15:05

    I can not believe that this government is trying to resurrect an industry that is dead and almost buried. The Ontario Government just had to inject 100 Million into it Horse racing industry. ENOUGH. stop hanging onto the past, like nature everything evolves and dies. Horse racing is passe and only a chosen few except for compulsive gamblers need it!