Everyday the Senate delays $38.35 million fuels organized crime and
illegal offshore sports books
MONTREAL, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA)
today announced that it has placed a counter on C290NOW.ca, a website developed specifically to address the debate regarding Bill
C290 - An Act to Amend the Criminal Code - Sports Betting, to capture
the amount of money being illegally wagered through offshore Internet
betting sites and bookmaking operations primarily controlled by
Together with provincial lottery corporations that have gathered in
Montreal for the annual Canadian Gaming Summit, the CGA is again
calling attention to the lack of action by the Senate to bring the bill
to a vote.
"Bill C290 has been in the Senate of Canada for 469 days and during this
extended period of time, Canadians have gambled nearly $18 billion
through illegal offshore online sports books or local bookmaking
operations controlled by organized crime," said Bill Rutsey, CEO of the
Canadian Gaming Association. "Canadians clearly want a legal
alternative. By not passing Bill C290, the Senate is preserving the
status quo - essentially forcing Canadians to turn to unregulated
Internet sites and criminals. Why some Senators are opposed to
regulating this activity is baffling."
Canadians are currently only permitted to make parlay bets (wagering on
the outcome of three or more events). Bill C290 is a simple amendment
to the Criminal Code to permit wagering on the outcome of single
"I fully support Bill C290 because Canadians should be allowed to make
fair wagers in safe, secure, and regulated environments," said Michael
Graydon, President and CEO, British Columbia Lottery Corporation.
"Canadian lottery jurisdictions need a level playing field. We need
the opportunity to protect our players and ensure the hundreds of
millions of dollars currently heading offshore stays in Canada to the
benefit of our communities."
Bill C290 has the support of eight provinces in addition to provincial
and regional chambers of commerce (representing six provinces), plus
numerous economic development committees, mayors, and provincial gaming
regulators from across Canada. It is now up to the Senate to do the
responsible thing and pass Bill C290.
"We are not giving up the fight to offer regulated single event sports
wagering," added Mr. Rutsey. "C290NOW.ca is getting good traction and the counter has been added to drive home
the point: Canada can't afford to say 'no' to Bill C290. So Senators,
get off your duffs and put the focus on something other than you for a
minute. Pass this bill, protect Canadians, and give our border
communities a reason to celebrate."
Canadians wishing to send a letter, fax or email to the Senate are urged
to visit C290Now.ca/ AllezC290.ca
About the Canadian Gaming Summit
Over 1,200 gaming industry professionals from across Canada and around
the world are gathering at the Palais des Congres in Montreal for the
17th Annual Canadian Gaming Summit June 17-19, 2013. The 2013 Summit
features over 50 seminars and roundtables plus a 50,000 square foot
exhibit floor features the latest in gaming equipment, products and
About the Canadian Gaming Association
The fundamental goal of the Canadian Gaming Association is to create
balance in the public dialogue about gaming in Canada.
Our members are among the largest most established gaming operators,
suppliers and gaming equipment manufacturers in Canada.
Our mandate is to create a better understanding of the gaming industry
through education and advocacy.
Visit our website at www.canadiangaming.ca and find more about the CGA.
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SOURCE: Canadian Gaming Association
For further information:
Paul Burns, Canadian Gaming Association, (416) 579-3922
Industry executives will be available for interviews