Gambling options were few and far between in Canada when the Olympic Lotto came along in the early ’70s to help pay for that financial sinkhole, the 1976 Olympic Games.
Unlike the Olympic Games, though, the lotto raked in millions.
Soon enough, every provincial government set up its own gambling bureaucracy.
And although gambling on sports is indeed a reality, no Canadian is allowed to legally bet on a SINGLE sports event. The Criminal Code only permits wagering on the outcome of two or more sporting events.
When it comes to the gambling business in Canada, the government is the big pimp daddy thanks to its lottery and casino monopolies -- but hope abounds in the form of single-event sport-betting legislation that's being re-introduced by an NDP MP.
It would be far, far better if the governing Liberals were to re-introduce the bill themselves. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
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