It’s always perversely amusing to see government justify its intrusion into those realms that should be the bailiwick of the private sector, like for example liquor retailing and gambling.
Shouldn’t liquor stores and casinos be run by private interests, with the government’s role limited to regulation and taxation?
That’s not the case in most Canadian provinces where instead provincial governments run the booze and betting businesses, justifying its incursion into these realms based on “social responsibility.”
Which is why finding out that lottery corporations have been guilty of being irresponsible in any number of respects including using false advertising with regarding “odds of winning”, has prompted me to send a formal complaint to the federal Competition Bureau to see if it can make the OLG do the right thing by at least posting the correct probabilities of its games.
Based on their record of doing the right thing, I’d say the odds of the OLG acting socially responsible on its own accord would make the most reckless gambler cringe.