Within the various Canadian Provinces, it can be said that
the acceptance of online gambling sites was once a gradual process some years
ago. However, latest trends show that there is going to be a sudden surge in
online gambling activities within Canada. Canada, unlike the other countries
that seems to have a lukewarm attitude towards online gambling, seeks to reap
the huge profits that the online gambling industry offers. This eagerness by
the Provinces to boost the economy through online gambling can be seen in how
quick Ontario and Alberta were in moving to accept.
For instance, in Alberta, the move to join the bandwagon of
Provinces that accepts online gambling coincided with the falling of oil prices
in Alberta. An article published by CBC News in 2015 had Bill Robinson, the
head of Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission as saying, “It has nothing to do
with oil actually.” However, critics saw Alberta’s decision as a move to also
find another source of revenue for the province as oil prices continued to fall
Professor Robert Williams of the Lethbridge University had
submitted findings to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission in 2011. In his
report, he was completely against any move toward legalizing online gambling
activities in Canada.
His report was cited by the CBC News in its edition
published on the 11th of May, 2015, “The large majority of Canadians will
indicate that the harms far outweigh the benefits and they are not in favour of
further expansion. This goes against economic sense, it goes against social
harm considerations, and it goes against the desire of Alberta citizens, so the
only rationale is increasing AGLC revenues because of the price of oil”
remarked Professor Robert Williams.
However, a few years down the line, the recommendation by
the Alberta Gambling Research Institute (AGRI) seems to have rather been
short-sighted. This can be seen in countless numbers of Canadian citizens
placing bets on various offshore online gaming sites located in countries like
Gibraltar, Cyprus and the Isle of Man. This totally contrasts the findings of
the Research team. With Canada not having laws that criminalizes placing of
bets by Canadian citizens in online gambling sites operated by offshore
companies, it only highlights the point that more revenue will be earned by
those countries at the expense of the Canadian government.
In a comparative analysis by the CBC News, it came to light that five percent of gamblers are accountable for more than 30% of revenue accrued by the gambling industry. With government spending just a little of its revenue on problems associated with online gambling, it is just a matter of time before the entire Canada wakes up to the reality that online gambling has the full backing of all Provinces. It is therefore left to the various provinces to determine whether they will prefer to legalize online gambling activities and reap the benefits or not.
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