Approval of sports betting bill for Canada to get another shot
In Canada, sports betting is restricted to provincial lottery corporations. But even they are constrained to offer parlay wagers.
Three years ago, a sports betting bill (C-290 sports betting bill) was passed and approved by Canada’s House of Commons. However, it got stuck there for three years and just this summer, it was dropped in the federal election. (Know about the bill here: https://openparliament.ca/bills/41-2/C-290/)
Those in the Senate opposing the C-290 said the bill hasn’t been properly scrutinized and was rushed through the House of Commons.
But the bill will get a revival as former Democratic Party legislator Joe Comartin has reintroduced it. A bill similar to it will also be introduced by Brian Masse, an NDP legislator.
The C-290 bill would give provinces the power to decide whether to allow single game sports betting in their area or not.
Although it still remains to be seen if this reintroduction would make the bill succeed, at least the legislation is pushed to move towards that direction.
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation which represents the four maritime provinces of Canada wants to follow Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia in launching online gambling services.
But Michel Samson, minister for the Gaming Control Act in Nova Scotia, said it is important to conduct a survey first to know how many residents opt for casino-style games and how frequently they use it.
This survey would help the province determine if online gambling would result in issues that would need government intervention.
Will the sports betting bill get passed this time around? All we can do for now is to wait and see.