Senate Officially Introduces Bill C-218
Players in Canada are keeping a close eye on the current gambling scenery in the country and how the status of Bill C-218 will unfold. This bill will allow for sports and gambling fans to place bets on individual sporting events. Many believe that the passing of this bill could revolutionise Canada’s gambling scene. The bill was officially introduced to the Senate last Friday.
This potential change recently passed a third, shortened vote by the House of Commons. Prior to that, it was reviewed at least five times by the House Justice Committee. It was also amended to exclude horse racing as a precautionary measure in order to protect the live harness sport.
Bill Needs To Pass A Vote
David Wells, Conservative Senator, is the bill’s sponsor. In order to reach the committee, the bill must first pass a vote in the chamber, where amendments are usually suggested. However, the speed at which the bill could reach the committee stage is dependent on how many senators are willing to discuss it.
Senator Wells said that he does not anticipate the bill having an easy time being processed through the Senate. He explained that as a sponsor, he will make sure that all members of Senate understand the bill and the ramifications it will bring whether it is passed or not. Mr. Wells insisted that the bill would by no means be rushed through the committee process by seeking unanimous approval. He further expressed concern regarding the bill not being passed this spring, in which case it may have to wait until next year or the year after.
Further Support For The Bill
The British Columbia Lottery Corporation is one of Canada’s largest gambling regulators. It has declared its support for the bill. The Crown corporation insisted that the change in the gambling law will afford residents more freedom in betting on sports events. Furthermore, it projects that more than CAD175 million can be generated for British Columbia. These funds can then be used for local support and funding.
Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis, Alberta’s gaming regulator, has also voiced its support of the bill. The Crown agency has added that it could significantly change gambling, as well as keep people away from offshore and illegal wagering platforms. Canadians reportedly pour millions of dollars every year into websites that don’t list responsible gambling as a top priority.