Canadian Senate 'blowing the call' with single-game betting
It didn't exactly have the grace and influence of Sen. Bob Runciman's speech in late November,
but Windsor West MP Brian Masse made an impassioned plea last week to keep the single-game wagering dream alive in Canada.
Masse used sports cliches to drive home his point in the House of Commons in an effort to keep bill C-290 from dying in the Senate before its third and final reading.
He used the metaphor that the bill sits in the "penalty box" due to controversy spun up from the major pro sports leagues and the painfully uninformed. That means senators have intentionally pushed the bill to the back of the priority list instead of signing off on it, where it is largely assumed it will die a quiet death. From the Windsor-Star:
Cliche's aside, Masse's point is pure common sense. If the Senate fails to pass this bill into law it will mark the first time in Canadian history that it ignored the wishes of the elected Members of Parliament and failed to pass legislation that was unanimously passed in the House of Commons.
This for something that is already legal in a parlay form across the country.
With that in mind, it's hard to rationalize why the Senate would prefer single-game betting to operate illegally while the government and its citizens watch millions in tax revenue pass through its fingers.