Optimism single-game wagering will pass in Canada

The National Post, one of Canada's two national newspapers, published a poignant, common-sense column by its editorial board this week, throwing its support behind bill C-290 and single-game wagering.

"Senators should pass this legislation. This is not a suitable hill for them to die upon. But even if C-290 doesn’t pass, there will still be a strong case to allow single-match betting in Canada: Quite simply put, there is no compelling case against it," the paper wrote.

The Senate will make the final vote on whether to approve C-290 in the coming days, the last major hurdle in legalizing single-event wagering in Canada.

Recently, there had been major doubt the bill would pass in the Senate, thanks to misguided and hypocritical viewpoints presented from the major pro sports leagues. But a monumental speech delivered by the Hon. Bob Runciman in the Senate last week seems to have swayed opinions. The speech has breathed life back into the bill and "general opinion has swung positive that it will pass," says one Covers source.

Which, as the National Post noted, is the way it should be. The Senate has never, in Canada's 145-year history, voted down legislation that was unanimously passed in the House of Commons, as C-290 was.

"...if the unelected Senate, which is expected to reject the bill, is to take a more activist role in nixing flawed legislation passed through an elected house — there is no shortage of such legislation unfortunately — this seems a rather odd place to start, especially since the stakes seem so low."

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Posted by cashman
2 years ago

Any idea when the vote is to take place?? When do they break for the holidays??
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Posted by Laroja
2 years ago

Canada' senate. LOL
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Posted by Jon_Campbell
2 years ago

Haha. Yes, it's an old system - the Parliamentary system. The Senators are appointed (until age 75) by the Governor General, who acts on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Senate once was more relevant in Canada but it's considered more of a 'rubber stamp' level of gov't now. Many are calling for reforms to the system, but y'know, 'everything moves real slow when it's forty-below' says a Sam Roberts song. But therein lies the rub in this whole thing. Why is the Senate trying to shoot something down that is a. already legal in Canada (albeit in parlay form) and b. has already been passed unanimously by the elected officials, who are the true reps of the people (Members of Parliament). It's never been done before, which is what the National Post is saying in its column. Of all the things the Senate could make history for by blocking legislation - and they choose sports betting?? It's almost beyond comprehension. Anyway, things are looking up. Senator Runciman delivered an incredible speech in support of legalized sports betting last week. Worth a read. Hope to have more good news soon.
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Posted by steadylines111
2 years ago

UNelected Senate? LOL I knew Canada was communist but didnt know the entire senate was unelected. WTF? LOL
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Posted by prpprp82
2 years ago

you are such a effing a hole!!
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Posted by vikingfan12
2 years ago

ur so stupid bud
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Posted by prpprp82
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"you are such a effing a hole!!"