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View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
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2019-12-09 12:16 [p.79]
Mr. Speaker, I have a quick question to my colleague with regard to single-event sports betting, as we start to reach areas of common interest.
I have tabled my private member's legislation that would allow each province to allow single-event sports betting. Currently in Canada about $10 billion goes to organized crime or to offshore betting. That money could be redirected to priorities and accountable sports betting could take place. The United States is moving toward this, and the rest of the world has.
Does the member for North Okanagan—Shuswap support this legislation as a unifying thing among parties and ourselves? It would make sure we move this money from organized crime and the black market in basements and back rooms to accountable, taxable and, more importantly, safe single-event sports betting, and modernize our act.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
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2019-12-09 16:06 [p.115]
Mr. Speaker, I have a quick question with regard to the member's party and its history with single-event sports betting and tourism in the member's region, my region and others, and also about the $10 billion going toward organized crime from illegal offshore and backroom-basement types of betting.
Will the member's government support the unification of Canada, similar to the United States, which is moving toward that right now, as well as Europe, and allow single-event sports betting amongst the provinces?
This just allows them to do that if they want to. Right now, it is a free-for-all for organized crime, versus having a regulated market that is important for tourism destinations in areas like his own constituency.
Will the member support that, and why did his government oppose it the last time? Perhaps it will change it this time.
View Brian Masse Profile
NDP (ON)
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2019-12-09 17:23 [p.126]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Vancouver East for her intervention, in particular noting dental care and pharmacare. I know that the cost reductions from businesses also create employment. It is one the areas where we have been able to compete with the United States and other jurisdictions. When people know that companies have basic services and coverage for employees, productivity goes up as well.
I would like the member to add to her discussion with regard to dental care. I represent a riding where we have some of the highest child poverty in Canada. How wrong is it for a country like Canada to let kids be in pain because we do not have a dental care program?
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