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October 7, 2003
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CDP Granted Permission to Allow for Harness Racing on Sunday, October 12, 2003

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General Jeffrey E. Lantz announced today that Executive Council has approved amendments to the Retail Business Holidays Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. R-13.02, Exemption Regulations to allow the Charlottetown Driving Park to hold a card of harness racing and parimutuel betting on Sunday, October 12, 2003.

"For the third year in a row, the Charlottetown Driving Park has been selected to host the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Championship Final Races. Each year, the CDP has also been granted permission to hold a special Sunday race which has proven to be highly successful," says Attorney General Lantz. "These events provide many potential benefits to the tourism, entertainment and business sectors through increased traffic to the Charlottetown area in the shoulder season, and we are pleased to play host once again."

The Atlantic Breeders Crown will be held at the Charlottetown Driving Park during the weekend of October 11-12, 2003.

The amendment sought through the Retail Business Holidays Act, is specifically outlined in the Exemption Regulations of the act. The act and regulations provide the Lieutenant Governor in Council with authority to authorize business on a Sunday or a holiday that is otherwise prohibited under the act. This amendment to allow the Charlottetown Driving Park to hold a card of parimutuel racing is valid on Sunday, October 12, 2003 as a one-day event.

Media Contact: Jennifer MacLeod
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