Continued inaction supports status quo to the benefit of organized crime
and offshore bookmakers
TORONTO, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) is
today expressing both frustration and disappointment that the Senate
chose not to deal with Bill C290 - An Act to Amend the Criminal Code -
Sports Betting, before rising for the summer recess.
"Continued shameful inaction and procedural delaying tactics by the
Senators only serves to fuel organized crime and illegal offshore
bookmakers, because they are the ones who profit from illegal
single-event wagering," said Bill Rutsey, CEO of the Canadian Gaming
Association. "Again, I reiterate that we are talking about tens of
billions of dollars leaving Canada and ending up in the hands of
criminals. The Senate is obviously comfortable with this outcome, as
they don't see any urgency in dealing with the problem."
Bill C290 was already passed with all-party support in the House of
Commons, and has the additional backing of nine provinces. The CGA,
together with provincial lottery corporations and leaders in the
Canadian Gaming industry, had hoped that the Senate would work together
to approve a private members bill that would give Canadians a better
option than turning to illegal bookmakers or offshore operators to
"What we are witnessing, unfortunately, is an unaccountable Senate that
prefers to debate the morality of gaming and not the dangerous status
quo that they are in no hurry to fix," stated Mr. Rutsey. "So while
they waste time questioning whether or not people should gamble - a
question that has been asked and answered decades ago - we watch more
money leave the country, which means more Canadians are engaging in
risky and unsafe behaviour. I remain shocked that the Senate doesn't
consider this an issue worth its attention."
Also stagnating is the opportunity to create real economic benefits for
Canadians and our communities. By offering legal single-event sports
wagering, lottery corporations would once again possess a distinctive
competitive advantage over American casinos, as well as generate jobs
and additional remunerations.
Bill C290 is a simple amendment to the Criminal Code to permit wagering
on the outcome of single sporting events. Canadians are currently only
permitted to make parlay bets (wagering on the outcome of three or more
events) which is an unpopular choice for many people. The proof is in
the amount of money leaving the country, outside of the jurisdictions
of lottery corporations.
"Unlike the Senators, we will not stop working during the summer,"
concluded Mr. Rutsey. "The accumulator on C290NOW.ca will continue to
tabulate the leakage from the Canadian economy and contribution to
organized crime sanctioned by the Senate's inaction, we will engage
more stakeholders who support the bill, and we will continue to press
our case to protect Canadians, help our communities, and stop criminal
About the Canadian Gaming Association
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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.
SOURCE: Canadian Gaming Association
For further information:
Paul Burns, Canadian Gaming Association, (416) 579-3922