Ontario Canada Gets the Ball Rolling for Legal Online Gambling

Published Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

Speculation that the Ontario Provincial government in Canada would be the next to offer online gambling to the residents of the province are over. A recent article in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the  provincial agency responsible for lotteries and 27 gambling facilities, including four resort casinos, announced that it will spend the next 18 months on consultations with other jurisdictions to develop a secure online gaming presence, with a launch date sometime in 2012.
Paul Godfrey, the CEO of the OLG commented, "Across Canada and around the world, online commerce is part of our everyday lives and OLG is excited to start the consultation process for online gaming and growing its marketplace in the future," Godfrey, added, "OLG's internet gaming program will stress responsible gaming while providing an enjoyable experience for Ontario players."
The province of Ontario has been having difficulty meeting it's financial obligations and the tax generated by online casinos and poker will help pay the bills.
According to the Toronto Star newspaper, opposition to the proposal has already been heard from Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak who warned Ontario taxpayers should be leery about the Liberals and Dalton McGuinty bringing Internet gaming to Ontario.
A critical Hudak said, "Who is going to trust Dalton McGuinty to run an online casino?" "Listen, this guy has had two consecutive major scandals at the OLGC, they’ve gone through five CEOs, they can’t run the existing casinos let alone Internet gambling,"
"They have a voracious appetite for more and more tax dollars. They can’t control the OLGC as it is. This will be a disaster if Dalton McGuinty is running an online casino."
Ontario looks determined not to go the same disastrous route the British Columbian Liberal government just experienced when the online gambling offering there was hacked and personal information compromised. That site is still in limbo and doesn't appear to be fixed yet. Eighteen months should give the Ontario government time enough to sort out the details.





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