The Canadian Senate has adjourned for summer recess without addressing Bill C-290, an amendment to the Canadian Criminal Code that would have allowed single-game sports betting. The bill sat in the Senate for months, even after receiving overwhelming support from the House of Commons, nine provincial governments and the Canadian Gaming Association. Currently Canadians only may wager on the outcome of three or more events.
Bill Rutsey, chief executive of the CGA, said, “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. 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.”
The CGA further claims that by offering legal single-event sports wagering, lottery corporations would gain an advantage over American casinos and generate jobs.