Ontario’s scandal-plagued lottery corporation was read the riot act for making the “crappy decision” to buy European-built luxury cars as contest prizes instead of domestic ones, the provincial government said yesterday.
Deputy Premier George Smitherman said he minced no words when he spoke with the Ontario and Lottery Gaming Corp.’s top brass yesterday morning.
“That was a crappy decision and I let them know it in full force that it wasn’t going to be tolerated going forward,” Smitherman said. “It’s disappointing, it’s disillusioning, it’s wrong on all levels and it was a big mistake.”
Smitherman agreed with the Opposition that the OLG was wrong to buy 22 Mercedes-Benz B200s as part of its “License to Win” contest at the province’s casinos at a time when thousands of Ontario autoworkers are losing their jobs.