Canadian Senate To Discuss Single Event Betting Bill

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Politicians in Ottawa are getting set to debate bill C-290, which would legalize single event sports betting in Canada.

The bill, which is up before the Canadian Senate, passed through the House earlier this year after less than an hour of debate but remains controversial. Many professional and amateur sports leagues have criticized the bill, as have problem gambling specialists.

Senator George Barker has come out against the bill and said that he believes the bill will be voted down this week. He also went on to criticize C-290's House passage, saying: “The legislative function in the House of Commons is in omni shambles."

Although opponents are plenty, the bill also does have its supporters. Senator Bob Runciman has come out as being a proponent of the bill, even though he thinks the House should be criticized with how the bill passed. Runciman thinks that the bill could be passed if politicians actually take the time to read its details.