Sports betting is currently not illegal in Canada, as citizens of the country can place bets on regulated sportsbooks, but must be the equivalent of at least three events. Gamblers cannot bet on the outcome of one event.
That will change with Bill C-218, introduced by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh of Saskatoon-Grasswood, will allow Canadians to bet on one sporting event.
According to a report from CBC News, a division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the recess negated the progress made on the bill. When parliament resumes at the end of September, the bill will need to start from scratch, and under a new agenda for MPs. Sports betting is on the agenda at this time before the break visit SerasiQQ.
Not only is it on the agenda, but according to Windsor lawmaker Brian Masse, it has a lot of support from lawmakers.
“We were promised in previous elections that sports betting … would be easy to do and here we are a year later, more problems, more delays,” Masse said during a press conference outside the Caesars property in Windsor.
Caesars Casino in Windsor has been closed since mid-March in response to the spread of the coronavirus in Canada, but Masse argues that legalizing sports betting could help the industry stay afloat while physical property remains closed.
The bill has the backing of Unifor 444, a union that represents many workers from the casino industry in Windsor.
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