The CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association, Bill Rutsey, expressed disappointment that the Senate chose not to deal with Bill C290 before rising for the summer recess.
Rutsey stated: “Continued shameful inaction and procedural delaying tactics by the Senators only serves to fuel organized crime and illegal offshore bookmakers, because they are the ones who profit from illegal single-event wagering. Again, I reiterate that we are talking about tens of billions of dollars leaving Canada and ending up in the hands of criminals.”
According to the Canadian Gaming Association, everyday the Senate chooses not to deal with Bill C290, $38 million are bet with illegal offshore sports books.
Canadians have gambled nearly $18 billion through online sports books and local bookmakers controlled by organized crime in the 469 days during which Bill C290 has been in the Senate of Canada.
Bill Rutsey believes the Senate is comfortable with this outcome as “they don’t see any urgency in dealing with the problem.”
“What we are witnessing, unfortunately, is an unaccountable Senate that prefers to debate the morality of gaming and not the dangerous status quo that they are in no hurry to fix,” said Rutsey.
Bill C290 has the support of eight Canadian provinces in addition to provincial and regional chambers of commerce and provincial gaming regulators from across Canada.
“Unlike the Senators, we will not stop working during the summer. The accumulator on C290NOW.ca will continue to tabulate the leakage from the Canadian economy and contribution to organized crime sanctioned by the Senate’s inaction, we will engage more stakeholders who support the bill, and we will continue to press our case to protect Canadians, help our communities, and stop criminal activity,” concluded Rutsey.
Meanwhile in New Jersey, a three judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia heard the state of New Jersey and the sports leagues arguments in favor and against legalization of sports betting in the state’s casinos and racetracks.
Today is also the last day for Atlantic City casinos to request online gambling permits, while vendors will have until July 29 to file their applications for internet licenses with the state’s regulators, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.