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. 

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Posted by t_vigilante
3 months ago

Everyone is exactly right with this discussion. Canada won't move on this until The States have gotten their teeth into it first.
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Posted by rp-rt
11 months ago

The elite in Canada have their senate and the peons pay for it.
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Posted by mikkii10
11 months ago

canadian senate just a bunch of old folks that know nothing and a waste of taxs payers money we should fire them as mr trump would say your fired
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Posted by tomnolan
11 months ago

this is 2013 come people wake up. this is good for ever one.
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Posted by rp-rt
11 months ago

Canada will not have single game wagering until the U.S. tells them they can have it. That won't happen until the U.S. corners the market on it. If you think that is not true, watch the TV movie "The Arrow (1997). You will see how the U.S. treats Canada. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (George Santayana)
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Posted by habs420
11 months ago

Pot or single game wagering. Pick one and legalize it. It's time to chill the fack out.
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Posted by torosFCP
11 months ago

Can't believe how this keep dragging on. Luckily in the meantime in Canada I can use trusty offshore books because there aren't restrictions like in the U.S. But still, it'd be nice to have this option too.
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Posted by jp548
11 months ago

We have worse. It's called the US Congress.
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Posted by thirdperson
11 months ago

Unlike the U.S., Canadian Senate is unelected, obsolete and a waste of money. Many Canadians believe the Senate should be abolished.
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Posted by thirdperson
11 months ago

"Unlike the U.S., Canadian Senate is unelected, obsolete and a waste of money. Many Canadians believe the Senate should be abolished."