Influence from players' wives worry Senator on C-290

Famed former NHL coach and Canadian Senator Jacques Demers took the debate for single-game wagering to a place we haven't heard before on Thursday during the third reading and debate for bill C-290.

The Hon. Demers wondered aloud if the move to single-game betting from parlay betting would leave the sport more susceptible to match fixing because of, ahem, players' wives.

"I am not trying to be sexist — I am just saying it because I was there — but there are women who want to live the same lifestyle in the same house," he said while addressing the Hon. Bob Runciman. "They are all together and there is the player's wife who lives in a $2-million or $3-million house. It puts a lot of pressure on the player who is not making that kind of money. Was there any concern about that, that with one game someone would have easier access to fix a game?"

As the Hon. Runciman addressed in his speech on Thursday, the arguments just don't add up when it comes to the logic against legalizing single-game wagering.

Bill C-290 is in the midst of the third and final reading in the Senate. Though it passed unanimously through the House of Commons, there is recent doubt Senators will vote to push it through. If it doesn't pass, it would mark the first time in Canada's 145-year history the Senate has shot down legislation that was unanimously passed in the House of Commons.

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Posted by BetToWin
2 years ago

Yeah? I bet Wayne Gretzky agrees with him. Janet had him in pretty deep garbage a few years back. As always, personal responsibility is the main factor, but the leagues will have to spend time educating players and monitoring this type of influence.
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Posted by ce_manager
2 years ago

this from a guy who called an illegal curve to win a Stanley Cup.......nice try Jacques
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Posted by habs420
2 years ago

Jacques, stick to commentating on RDS.
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Posted by habs420
2 years ago

"Jacques, stick to commentating on RDS."