Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

MPP Hatfield challenges Premier on month-long casino strike in Windsor

Published on May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018  QUEEN'S PARK -- Today in the Ontario Legislature, Windsor Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield pressed the government to explain why they have not made an effort to settle the month-long strike at Caesars hotel and casino in Windsor.

"For more than a month, there has been a strike at Caesars hotel and casino in downtown Windsor. Normally, it’s a cash cow for the provincial treasury. Millions of dollars have been lost, money the Liberals planned on using for the promises in their budget. The Auditor General has already served notice that there won’t be enough money to pay for the promises made, and that’s without the loss of the cash from Caesars. How can we have any faith in the promises made in this government's aspirational budget? asked Hatfield.

"Caesars is the contractor, the manager. The facility is owned by the taxpayers of Ontario. We’re losing millions of dollars. Caesars just cancelled all of its shows for the entire month of May. That’s intimidation", said Hatfield. "This government has an obligation to the taxpayers, as well as the men and women on the picket line, to do more, to work harder, to apply pressure on Caesars to return to the bargaining table and hammer out a settlement. When will this government show some leadership and make an effort to settle the month-long strike at Caesars?"