Ontario Canada Online Gambling Proposal Finding Opposition

Published Saturday, December 10, 2011 - Online-Casinos.com

Provincial governments in certain areas of Canada have been allowing gambling at casinos for years and have being offering lottery and scratch cards too, and if that isn’t enough for the Canadian consumer of gambling products British Columbia started an online wagering site. Following suit the Ontario Liberal government  is stepping up its efforts to offer online gambling in that province.

Ontario just went through an election where the previous government was returned but as a minority with less power. Online gambling did not become an issue during the election but is now facing serious opposition for the other side of the house.
When the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation recently put out the call for technical assistance in setting up the online casino web site the leader of the Conservative Party has become very vocal and very critical of the government’s plans. Tim Houdak said of the Liberal initiative to bring online gambling to the people of Ontario, “Trusting  Premier Dalton McGuinty with a new revenue source is like giving the keys to the liquor cabinet to teenagers and going away for the weekend.” Somewhat harsh and personal  Hudak,  wants to know how the novice OLG site can expect to gain traction against established competition like PokerStars and Bodog. “There’s a product out there that’s successful. How is the OLG going to trump that?” 

OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti says the province is looking for an experienced company to provide OLG with “soup to nuts” service. The applicant must be offering online casino and lottery products, the handling of payments, customer service, and the rest over a possible five-year initial contract. Poker, bingo and sports betting products will be up and running in phase two, and everything will go mobile in phase three. The deadline for applicants is Feb. 3, 2012. The roll out for the completed web site is expected in the late part of 2013.


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