7 dumb reasons bill C290 hasn't passed into law yet

Nov 4, 2013 |
By: Jon Campbell
If you live south of the border and you're no stranger to sports betting, you may be wondering why Canada doesn't have legalized single-game wagering yet.

So are Canadians.

“There should be no controversy on passing Bill C290, as it went through the House of Commons without a single dissenting voice,” said Windsor West Member of Parliament Bill Masse, last week. “Bill C290 has significant support from political parties, provincial governments, gaming associations, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce itself."

Yet, here we are a year and a half since the bill was unanimously passed in the House of Commons while a group of the Senate drags its feet in giving it the rubber stamp.  

With that in mind, here are the seven dumbest reasons that single game sports betting hasn't been legalized in Canada yet.

1. Sports betting is already legal in every province in Canada. You just have to bet in parlay form - a minimum of two games on a ticket in some spots.

2. Billions of potentially taxable dollars are wagered illegally by Canadians each year. 

3. If you really want to prevent match fixing, the best way to do it is in a regulated market. Every high profile betting scandal that a Senator has made reference to - Tim Donaghy, Pete Rose, Black Sox - all happened in a black-market betting environment, so they are simply contradicting themselves.  

4. Never in Canadian history has the Senate shot down a bill unanimously passed in the House of Commons by elected officials. Ever. 

5. The purpose of the Senate is to provide "sober second thought". Its purpose is not to impose its moral views on Canadians. Senators make a base salary of $135,200 per year while the average Canadian income is $38,700 according to Stats Canada.   

6. Renewed cries for Senate reform have sprung up following a senatorial spending scandal. Do they really want to give Canadians more reason to abolish the Senate?

7. The window for tourism dollars will only last so long before sports betting is legalized across the U.S. and beyond.

Jon Campbell is managing editor for Covers. Follow him @CoversJon

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