Canadian Government Ramps Up Gambling Laws

Published Thursday, August 05, 2010 -

On August 4th, 2010 the Canadian Government posed and enacted several changes to Canada’s gambling laws. The country’s criminal code has been amended with all together, 11 additions made, including a list of serious offences. It allows for greater punishment of offenders.
Of note, in Canada that are now considered “serious offences related to gambling,"
Keeping a common gaming or betting house, Betting, pool-selling and book-making,
Committing offences in relation to lotteries and games of chance, and 
Cheating while playing a game or in holding the stakes for a game or betting.
The main reason for these recent changes is the thinking that law enforcement officials need more power to fight organized crime. Other serious offences that are non-gambling are actions related to prostitution, and to the trafficking, import, or export of drugs. The new classification of these offences makes them indictable and allows them to be punished by five years or more in prison.
According to Canada’s Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, “Organized crime groups often rely upon the proceeds of these acts to equip themselves to commit violent acts and to fund large-scale criminal operations that threaten public safety.” However, the average gambler need not worry. Whether they are playing at a casino or at an online site in Canada they will not be affected by the changes. These laws have simply been designed to target the illegal gambling operations. They allow authorities to indict and incarcerate those who operate them.
Recently in Canada, British Columbia launched the first fully licensed internet casino. However also recently in the news have been stories of the gambling site’s problems. There have been struggles with the technical side of things. The operators remain confident that the technicalities will be worked out and that the site will prosper. There are many other gambling sites that are available already to Canadians. They are hosted on offshore locations as well as the  Mohawk territory. The new changes to the Criminal Code do not affect them. Canada seems to be on way to getting out from under the rubble of controversy.




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