UPDATE: Government adopts my Private Member’s Bill
On Thursday, November 27th, 2020, the Government announced their plans to adopt my Private Member’s Bill as government legislation. This clearly shows that, after months of lobbying the government on this issue and meeting stakeholders, the government is finally listening.
On November 3rd, 2020, I began the debate at second reading on my Private Member’s Bill, the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act. I’m proud to have support from MPs of all parties. This is a commonsense change that will fight organized crime and help authorities to better fund problem gambling, addiction, and mental health programs.
On February 25, 2020, I introduced Bill C-218, also known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act. In Canada, black market bookmakers and offshore betting sites generate $14 billion per year. None of that activity is subject to government regulations or taxes, none of it is creating jobs or economic opportunities in Canada, and none of it is contribution to consumer protection, education, harm reduction initiatives or support services. My bill would legalize single-event sports betting in Canada, allowing the provincial governments to regulate it properly and ensure that it is being managed in a safe and responsible way, as the provincial governments already do with other sorts of gaming.