Economic Development in Niagara

Mr. Wayne Gates: I’m proud to rise today to talk about my riding of Niagara Falls. I’ll start with Fort Erie.

This year, the Fort Erie Race Track, with its new owners and hard-working employees, had the best year they’ve ever had in their 117-year history. We still need more race dates and a return of the slots to the track in order to continue to grow and protect the long-term future of our racetrack.

The Canadian Motor Speedway presents the opportunity to create hundreds of jobs, with nearly $700 million in direct and indirect private investment.

Also in Fort Erie, the Miller’s Creek Marina project has the potential to bring investment and help create jobs.

Meanwhile, in Niagara Falls, we have a request for pre-qualifying out for the entertainment centre, which will have up to 7,000 seats. I know how important this project will be to help create good jobs and help make Niagara a year-round tourist destination.

In Niagara-on-the-Lake, tourists continue to pour into the town to support our wineries, our craft breweries, our craft cideries. And there is still no better place to go than the Shaw Festival to see a show.

Niagara is in a position to help lead this province in its economic recovery. With a GO train expansion all the way to Niagara Falls, we’ll be even more prepared to make it happen.

Speaker, it’s time for Ontario to recognize the opportunities in my riding and help bring these investments to Niagara. They will build our communities, help our local businesses, support our local workers and their families, and will make my riding of Niagara Falls an even better place to live and raise our families.