Saskatchewan Canada Considers Online Gambling

Published Wednesday, August 11, 2010 -

In Canada the Federal Government has made rules that say gambling is illegal and must comply with the federal laws regarding these activities. Provincial governments have the same rules and a number of provinces are now in the process of creating online gambling monopolies within their own jurisdictions. Ontario just announced it will offer casino and poker action via the internet to it’s residents.

British Columbia's recent attempt just crashed in a bad way having been compromised by a hacker.
Quebec and the Atlantic provinces have all been establishing links with online gambling software companies for the systems required. When you also consider the fact that Harrah's Interactive Entertainment is headquartered in Montreal Quebec and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission one of the worlds largest is located also in Quebec in the Mohawk Territory.
Canada is going forward on online gambling and the Federal government seems no where to be seen.
Now and it comes as no surprise the Saskatchewan government is thinking about getting it's feet wet with online gambling, following the other provinces.

Saskatchewan's Gaming Minister Ken Cheveldayoff says people in Saskatchewan spend an estimated $40 million every year in offshore online casinos now. That is a substantial amount of money and the government wants a piece of that. Cheveldayoff commented
"We're open to the idea. We want to learn more about it," The comments are based on the watching the experience of other provinces responding to the pitfalls of establishing an internet gambling enterprise.
Kevin Yates the New Democratic Party critic in the Saskatchewan legislature said that's not good enough and wants to see a study regarding the process. Yates said, "I think we need to understand what we're getting into and what the pitfalls are and make sure that we have in place, if we're going to go down that road, the proper precautions in place."


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