Masse Doubles Down on C290 at CWG West Conference
August 12th, 2013 - 4:20pm
[Las Vegas, Nevada] – After returning from The Council of State Governments-West (CSG) conference in Las Vegas last week, Brian Masse M.P. Windsor West is more convinced than ever to bet on the opportunities that will be created for Windsor if his private members bill seeking to legalize single sports betting in Canada passes through the Senate this fall.
“While in Las Vegas, I saw first-hand the economic opportunities in bringing single sports betting to Canada. I think that the critics of Bill C-290 should look to the administration and regulation of the product in Las Vegas for an example of how it could work.”
Currently, single sports betting in Canada is illegal as well as in several US states including Michigan, with gamers being forced to place bets on multiple sporting events-a rule that that does not apply in Vegas. Masse, who is co-chair of the Canada/US Interparliamentary group, was attending the CSG conference to discuss boarder issues and thought he would try his luck at single sports betting while there.
“I purchased a ticket at Caesars, betting that the Detroit Lions would win the Super Bowl this season. However, if I win current Canadian laws force me to return to Las Vegas to claim my prize. With Canadians representing over 50% of international visitors to the city each year, the criminalization of single sports betting is a missed economic opportunity- although maybe not with people betting on the Lions!”
The CSG conference focused on a number of boarder issues including much needed boarder infrastructure and the controversial United States-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan. Although the issue of legalizing single sports betting in Canada was not a Conference topic, Masse stated that it fits the theme of the conference by increasing opportunities for tourism between Michigan and Ontario and bringing an in demand product closer to home.
Bill C-290 received support from all parties in the House of Commons in 2012 and has been waiting on the approval of the Senate ever since. From his statements it is clear that Masse will make the passage of this bill a priority when Parliament resumes in the fall.