Single-game wagering dies on the table in Canada's Senate

The dream of legalized, single-game wagering in Canada is no more. At least for now.

Inaction in the Canadian Senate on Bill C290 - the name of the act that would amend the Criminal Code to permit single-game wagering - before Senators take summer recess means the bill dies on the table.

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) expressed frustration via a press release Friday.



Bill C290 is the first bill to have been denied by the Senate after receiving unanimous support in the House of Commons. The bill was also backed by nine of Canada's 10 provinces.

More than $18 billion has been wagered illegally in Canada since Bill C290 entered the Senate in March of 2012, according to C290NOW.ca, .

Rutsey goes on to add, "So while they waste time questioning whether or not people should gamble - a question that has been asked and answered decades ago - we watch more money leave the country, which means more Canadians are engaging in risky and unsafe behavior. I remain shocked that the Senate doesn't consider this an issue worth its attention."

Rutsey and the CGA vow to continue their push to legalize single-game wagering, stating "Unlike the Senators, we will not stop working during the summer".

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Posted by edmanz
1 year ago

Who cares Proline odds are ridiculous anyways.......
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Posted by sirrobinhood
1 year ago

politicians need to wake up. they are missing the boat here. like i always say; never confuse an educated person with an intelligent one.
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Posted by docpj72
1 year ago

Feel bad for Joe Cromartin the Windsor MP who actually wanted to help out his city that he represents. I can't say I was looking forward to crap odds on single games, but more disappointed in the fact that this bill was unanimously passed by ELECTED MP's and the usual suspects such as MLB managed to sway these unelected cronies. Funny how the ultimate fool's gold in gambling, lotteries are allowed to flourish both in Canada and the U.S.A.
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Posted by oldtexx
1 year ago

unbelievable......and here I thought the U S senate was the only stupid one................
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Posted by marcbryanjacob
1 year ago

Disgusting. But I have faith that Brian Masse will continue to kick this political football again this fall. He should kick some senatorial AAAARRRSE too!
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Posted by rp-rt
1 year ago

The senate should be elected. That way at least they represent the many people that would vote for them. Now they do not represent anyone but themselves.
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Posted by rp-rt
1 year ago

"The senate should be elected. That way at least they represent the many people that would vote for them. Now they do not represent anyone but themselves."