Jan 28, 2015
By Jane Brown
In advance of Super Bowl Sunday, a private member’s bill to allow one game betting on sports remains mired in the Senate.
It’s been almost three years since NDP MP Joe Comartin’s private members bill sailed through the House of Commons with all party support. Bill C-290 proposes amending the Criminal Code to allow one game betting on football, hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and other sports. It would help Ontario casinos in Niagara Falls and Windsor open Las Vegas style “sports books” to attract gamblers wanting to wager on single matches instead of just the existing Pro-Line that require bets on a minimum of three games simultaneously.
Bill Rutsey is the president of the Canadian Gaming Association. He says, “the only people profiting from illegal sports betting are criminals and offshore operators who are not licensed and regulated to do business in Canada.” Rutsey estimates about $150-million will be illegally wagered in Canada on the NFL championship game this weekend when it could go to provincial coffers.