Hopeful Signs For Canadian Racing: Sport Likely to Be Resumed at Conclusion of the Present Session of Parliament., Daily Racing Form, 1919-04-26


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HOPEFUL SIGNS FOR CANADIAN RACING Sport Likely to Be Resumed at Conclusion of the Present Session of Parliament TOROXTO Out April 25 As a result of an announcement in the house of commons at Ottawa today by Sir Thomas AVhite the prime minister the racing situation in Canada has been somewhat cleared but the actual date of the resumption of racing in the Dominion is still obscure owing to the fi ct that racing cannot begin until the proro ¬ gation of parliament which is now in session and which may continue to sit until June 1 1The The Ottawa dispatch stated that A E Fripp of Ottawa asked in the house of commons today if the ban on betting at nice tracks for the period of the war and six months thereafter would be lifted in view of the approach of the spring meetings repliedIt Sir Thomas White replied It is not the intention of the government to repeal the order in council referred to It has lx en drawn to the attention of the government that horse racing has been extended beyond the limits coiiteniplated by parliament when legislation re siKcting the subject was enacted in 1912 and that conditions connected with betting on nice tracks in certain sections of Canada have been such as to cause grave public offense to the communities con ¬ cerned With a view to remedying these conditions and dealing generally with the question of betting at race meetings in Canada the government intends before the next session of parliament to make an inquiry with a view to the enactment of such legis ¬ lation as may be deemed advisable in the public interest interestW W P Fraser secretary of the Ontario Jockey Club said this afternoon afternoonIn In view of the information just received from Ottawa I would understand that the order in council ceases when the session of the imrliamcnt is at an end which may be expected some time in the summer The summerThe government introduced a bill a few days ago providing that all orders in council shall con ¬ tinue until the end of the session which means that rjcingwill be prohibited until the end of the session sessionThere There will be a meeting of the committee of tto Canadian Itacing Associations and the directors of the Ontario Jockey Club vitliin the next week when the matter will be discussed and a statement doubtlessly issued by them

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