Once again, the agenda of the House of Commons will again have the topic of single event sports betting to be discussed. Earlier, the Finance Minister of Ontario, Charles Sousa had urged the single sports betting and today the same betting bill is expected to be revived by NDP. The agenda of the House works on the lottery and it does not allow more than thirty private members’ bills at one time. The bills that are drawn in the lottery first are discussed and debated. Running on the same lines, Brian Masse, Windsor West NDP MP is planning to take the benefit of the opportunity. He has recently received the opportunity to speak after his name was drawn seventh in the lottery. The entire drawn issues were discussed according to the order of precedence.
Issue raised by Brian Masse
In an interview with CBC’s Windsor Morning, Brian made it clear that his intentions are to re-introduce the bill that can legalize or officially approve single-event sports betting in the city. He firmly said that he will make all the attempts to legalize such betting. In the year 2011, Retired NDP MP Joe Comartin introduced the bill C-290, which was passed by the house with the approval of all the parties. It later arrived in the Senate in 2012 but was then jammed with the Royal Assent in 2013. Therefore, it could not get clear. However, the same debate has again emerged with Brian. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce president, Matt Marchand mentions that he expects the approval of the bill and the will of the Senate to carry it out at least this time.
It is true that the original bill C-290 was designed to amend the Criminal Code. It also allowed the wagering on the result on single sports event, which is today illegal in the state of Canada. According to the authorities, the proposed legislation repeals the section of Criminal Code restricting betting on various sporting games.
‘Job creation tool’
Marchand says that after the bill has been approved by the state, it will offer a great opportunity to the gaming market. The gaming companies will then be able to offer the betting games soon after the bill is legalized. Comartin earlier made it clear that single event betting can be a great job creation tool for the entire communities of the country. He even claimed that earlier in the July, it saved the jobs of 250 people at Caesars Windsor. Masse even called this single sports betting as a windfall for organized crime.
According to the Canadian Gaming Association, Canadians spend most of their earnings in parlay bets and more than that on single-sports event betting. The Finance Minister has further stated that the collected money will be used in the welfare of the hospitals and schools by the state. Out of the entire money that the betting business will bring in, a large share of it will be spent on the betterment of the society.