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Masse Introduces Single-Event Sports Betting Bill In Parliament

Wednesday February 17th, 2016, 2:17pm


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Windsor West MP Brian Masse reintroduced legislation on single event sports betting in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Masse is seventh on the Private Members Business list in Parliament and debates will begin on private members legislation in mid-March.

The proposed legislation would amend the Criminal Code by removing the federal restriction on single event sport wagering thereby allowing provinces and territories the option to offer gaming products that will help protect and create jobs hundreds of thousands of jobs in the entertainment industry in Canada.

“Right now single event sports wagering is nearly completely unregulated. Organized crime is benefiting enormously while firms operating in the so-called grey market sports are asking to be regulated. We need to create a safe and regulated environment to manage this activity responsibly; shifting this revenue stream into clearly identified public priorities such as improving health care, education and infrastructure. This legislation would allow a responsible gaming option to be developed if a province or territory should choose they want to do so,” said Masse.

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