OTTAWA, Nov. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Bill Rutsey, President of the Canadian
Gaming Association urged Canadian Senators to do the right thing when
they vote Bill C-290 "An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports
Betting)". The Private Members Bill would remove an out-of-date section
of the Criminal Code that prevents single sport event betting in
Canada. The bill, unanimously approved by all parties in the House of
Commons and with support in writing from five provincial governments,
awaits third reading in the Senate.
"We have a clear choice: either allow billions to go offshore and
through illegal book making operations, or offer Canadians a legal
alternative, supervised by our provincial regulators, capturing revenue
for government and creating good-paying, permanent new jobs" stated
Sports betting has existed in Canada for more than two decades, the
proposed change to the Criminal Code would finally allow the betting on
a single sporting event, the overwhelming choice of sports bettors,
rather than having to pick at least two or three winners as is
Rutsey went on to say, "All parties in the House of Commons think this
is a good idea, provinces are asking for it and all the legal,
regulatory, law enforcement and problem gambling experts who appeared
before the Senate Committee agreed that it's the right thing to do. The
International Olympic Committee's Working Group on Irregular and
Illegal Betting in Sport recommendations are in line with the proposed
amendment. The Senate needs to make sure it isn't standing in the way
of a small change in law that combats organized crime and match fixing,
creates jobs and new revenue and catches up with technology and what
much of what the rest of the world is already doing".
The Senate is to consider Private members Bill C-290, originally
introduced by NDP MP Joe Comartin in late November 2011.
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TOP SIX FACTS ABOUT SINGLE EVENT SPORTS BETTING IN CANADA
Single event sports betting in Canada is a huge business, estimated to
be in excess of $10 billion annually (and as much as $40 billion)
conducted illegally through bookies by organized crime, and $4 billion
through offshore internet sites that are not regulated by Canadian
Sports betting has existed in Canada for more than two decades.
All parties in the House of Commons unanimously approved this bill on
March 2, 2012.
The Federal Minister of Justice has received letters from the
governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and
Ontario requesting the criminal code be amended to permit single event
sports wagering. The provinces of Quebec, PEI and New Brunswick have
also indicated support for the amendment.
All the expert witnesses appearing before the Senate Committee,
representing the legal, law enforcement, academic, regulatory and
problem gambling research and treatment communities, recommended to
passage of Bill C-290.
Canada will not be a pioneer. Besides Nevada, sports betting is legal in
Great Britain, Europe, Australia and online through regulated sports
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SOURCE: Canadian Gaming Association
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