In this issue:
'Single-Sports Betting in Canada - Amendments Redux'
In the February 17, 2011, edition of the Gaming Legal News, we reported that Joe Comartin, a Member of Parliament representing the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh, had on February 11, 2011, introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons (the “House”) to amend the Criminal Code (the “Code”) to allow the provincial governments to offer betting on single sporting events. This bill, along with all other bills introduced and not yet passed into law, died on the Order Paper when the 40th Parliament was dissolved on March 26, 2011.
On September 28, 2011, Mr. Comartin (a member of the New Democratic Party, now the Official Opposition Party in the House) reintroduced his private member’s bill into the 41st Parliament, now entitled Bill C-290, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting)”. However, there are reasons to believe that this Bill has a chance of being seriously considered by the House and perhaps even enacted into law.
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