According to an article by Dave Battagello of the Windsor Star, Member of Parliament (MP) Brian Masse expressed confidence that his efforts of legalizing single-sports betting in Canada are paying off.

The first reading of a bill to authorize single-event sports betting was read on Tuesday, November 3. After some debate, MP Masse indicated a sense of full-party support from the Conservative Party and the Bloc Quebecois, as well as from his own party, the New Democratic Party. The support of these three parties could provide enough support to pass the legislation in Parliament.

Despite the increasing support, MP Masse indicated that there appears to be little support from the Liberal Party or Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The second reading of the bill will be scheduled for late January or early February.

All major sports leagues are now in support of legalizing single-event sports betting in Canada. Nineteen states in the United States have legalized sports betting, including Michigan. Caesars Windsor has been outspoken about legalizing sports betting at its facility in hopes of competing with the Detroit market.

“The approval of single-event sports wagering would be an invaluable tool for the Canadian gaming industry,” said Kevin Laforet, President of Caesars Windsor, in a statement. “It will allow us to match the offerings of our U.S. competitors and will support employment, tourism and include returns to various levels of government.”


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