Bump In The Road Ahead For Legal Sports Betting In Canada?
Sports betting in Canada has come a relatively uneventful road in the past few months.
It wasn’t until April that Bill C-218 sailed through the House of Commons with great ease. The legislation that would repeal the provision of Canada’s Criminal Code prohibiting betting on individual events appeared to have broad support from various parties. This included the strange bedfellows of the conservative and some members of the New Democratic Party (NDP.)
The bill also received widespread support from the industry, with perhaps the exception of the horse racing industry, which feared that allowing single bets on Canada sports betting could affect their funding due to the language of the bill. The other major interest group that objected were several First nation Groups who argued that the bill did not have a language that recognized their sovereignty to conduct games.
But there could be another hurdle. A story from the Canadian press written by And Ralph over the weekend suggests possible problems in the Senate.
Quick refresher on sports betting in Canada
After the initial attempt to legalize single game sports betting in Canada 2012Canadian MPs made renewed efforts late last year. The 2012 effort went smoothly until the bill reached its third reading in the EU House of Commons.
At this point, representatives of the sports league showed up en masse and stopped efforts.
Years of little progress
In what we call “Christie Years “if New Jersey fought for legal sports betting on the Garden statewas the single game sports betting champion in Canada Brian mass, NDP MP of the Windsor West Horse riding. Despite his best efforts, the legislation failed to prevail after the sports leagues torpedoed the 2012 bill.
While the mass legislation has not had any noticeable effect for years in recent years Kevin Waugh, the Conservative MP out Saskatoon-Greenwood, took up the matter (e.g. Americancould one of the NDP with the most liberal wings of the Democratic Party and the Conservatives are perhaps the most closely linked Republicans – opposite ends of the spectrum, of course.)
Success for private members?
What made Waugh’s legislation so surprising was that it received tremendous support as a private member bill, a term that usually means that a bill will not get support.
But Bill C-218 was different.
A speed bump ahead?
Despite the smooth journey through the House of Commons, the legislature has sat in the Senate since then April 22 with just one reading.
Waugh told the Canadian press that he believed the bill was only about 50:50 to get out of the Senate.
Wait, what happened?
Unlike the US Senate, the Senate is appointed by Canada. In fact, it’s much closer to that Federal Justice in the United States. Senators are appointed, although there is a compulsory retirement age from 75 Year old.
Efforts have been made to remove political affiliations from the Senate, but tendencies persist.
The Senate, once considered a stamp, has recently taken a more active role in reviewing the legislation submitted by the House of Commons.
In his interview with the Canadian press, Waugh cited concerns about how the Senate would view the legislation, noting that it was a bill from a private member of a Conservative. That couldn’t help his way through the Senate.
You never seem to find the time?
Bill C-218 is slated for a second reading in the Senate this week which, if passed, will initiate a process similar to that in the House of Commons. There would be an assignment to a committee that would then conduct a review of the bill.
The committee may hold further hearings. At the end of the committee’s review, they will report on the legislation to the rest of the Senate, which could then vote after the third reading. It would then go back to the House for re-approval if the Senate votes in favor.
Check off the moments
During a third reading and then a short trip back to the house before going to the acting Governor GeneralOffice for Royal approval is the preferred path for many, this plan could be derailed by legislation’s greatest enemy: time. According to the interview with Waugh, Lever believes it is likely if legislation doesn’t make it through the Senate by the end of June.
There has been increasing speculation that the opposition parties will force federal elections in the fall. This would mean the end of any laws that were not passed. If elected officials are tasked with starting again in first place, it could mean a year or more for legal single game sports betting in Canada.
Proceed with caution
Some of the expectations that have been made for single game sports betting in Canada are likely unrealistic, such as Waugh’s quote he believed the operators in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia could be operational within a week of cancellation.
However, others have pointed out that there is a general lack of willingness to modernize laws that come with legalizing gambling, such as: B. Laws Against Match Fixing. Much remains to be done.
Take that away
Even falling back to equal money from a strong favorite, there still seems to be optimism that legal single bets will hit Canada before kick-off of the year NFL Season. Broad support from strong industry players and sports leagues has so far been lacking.
However, it is difficult to say whether that influence will have the same pull to the unelected Senate as it does to the House of Commons.