Canadian provinces getting into online gambling business

by , Feb 3, 2010 | 5:39 pm

A report from CTV in Canada is reporting that Loto Quebec has received approval from the province’s Cabinet to allow online gambling, including poker. The Quebec site, expected to launch in fall 2010, would be restricted to residents of Quebec, but they would be able to play with players from the BC lottery and the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, which handles the lotteries of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island in offering a common platform for the players in the six provinces, similar to what the government of Sweden offers with the Svenka Spel site, which offers legalized online gambling to its residents.

2 Comments to “Canadian provinces getting into online gambling business”

  1. DanM

    Trying to get my arms around this. Are they going like Italy or California — trying to create their intrastate set of regulations? Or are the Quebicois just wanting to distance theirselves from their next-door neighbors in the Kahnawake?

  2. ChuckB

    Dan, this link may provide some insight. Its the first time that I’ve seen the cards placed on the table by any reporter covering the story:

    Quebec has skirted the issue with Kahnawa:ke for years, content to claim that ALL iGaming (no matter where it is hosted) is illegal and claim that an “ongoing investigation” has been underway for the past 11 years.

    I can only suspect this investigation has been lead by the infamous Inspector Clouseau, since Kahnawa”ke has offered to open our doors and sit down to discuss the matter on many occasions.
    Rather than step through those doors and open a constructive dialogue, they seem content to do little more than stir up the press every 6 months.

    It is now abundantly clear that this time has been spent researching how to enter the field while simultaneously attempting to discredit any perceived, “competition” they may potentially face, in order to level that playing field for their late entry.

    Insincere and dishonest are the only two words that come to mind.