MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Masse Pressures the Government to Legalize Single Sports Betting

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise today on the issue of Bill C-290, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting), passed in this chamber and now sitting in the Senate for more than 18 months. There should be no controversy on passing Bill C-290, as it went through the House of Commons without a single dissenting voice.

     Bill C-290 would allow provinces to choose to allow single sports bets, similar to Las Vegas and a series of other federal states. Once passed, it would be a serious hit on organized crime and the nefarious offshore bettings cabals that rack in billions of dollars each year. In fact, provincial revenue would increase, allowing support for education and health care for example.

     Bill C-290 has significant support from political parties, provincial governments, gaming associations, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce itself. It would also protect billions of dollars in tourism infrastructure and 250 jobs in the gaming sector that are under attack by increased U.S. competition and a higher dollar.

    Unfortunately with prorogations, Bill C-290 has returned to the first stage in the Senate, a setback to law and order and our economy. I call upon the Liberals and the Conservatives to move quickly, and pass this bill that has been studied and passed all procedures. Everyday we delay this change allows organized crime to have another holiday and payday at the expense of Canadians.