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Canada Lags Behind in Online Gaming

By:, Saturday June 14th 2008
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Ten years ago Canada decided they didn't want to start online gambling sites. Now they are trying to get into the industry, but they are suffering like several of the countries who didn't jump ten years ago. Instead of having policies regulating the online gambling they are struggling to find fair public policy. Since Canada is now having issues trying to get into the gambling online many are trying to gain their business.

Last week former Grand Chief Joe Norton spoke with Canada and Quebec about a new venture regarding online gambling. The trouble now is that Chevrette who is in favour of signing the document to combine the companies may still be held back. Chevrette passed in 1990 because he felt the relationship between Quebec and Kahnawake would effect the reservation based gambling businesses that exist. These land based casinos felt that online gambling would detract from some business.

Other have been looking at the issue again in hopes of getting a better deal on the table for regulating and creating laws regarding the online gambling in Canada. The Canadian gaming summit believes that Kahnawake is transparent on a national and provincial level for the government about their overall intent. The intent of Mohawk Internet Technologies may not be what everyone hopes for.

The national and provincial governments on the other hand are asserting that Quebec is going to be the only place in Canada with the ability to provide gambling over the internet. The laws have yet to be tested in court though.

In other news regarding the Canadian legislation of gambling online horse racing has been trying to get a few things passed. Some are lobbying for the UIGEA legislation. So it is still unknown whether Canada will be successful in gaining online gambling sites with any luck. There are several laws and political individuals trying to keep the gambling from spreading outside of Quebec and affecting land based businesses.

If the UIGEA legislation does go through then the horse racing online gambling sites that have been in operation will be banned. While it is not certain whether they were legal to begin with, more changes for Internet gambling companies are sure to come about. There is even talk about the criminal code provisions that could be used as another measure to keep internet gambling at a minimum in Canada.

Canada is not the only place trying to change some of the laws regarding online gambling casinos. Several countries are being forced to look at the different options regarding laws. The Isla of Man for instance is trying like Canada to have a better legislation for all things regarding gambling. The Isle of Man has gone so far as to find support with the treasury department. The Isle of Man is trying to streamline the gambling regulations. With the current support against online gambling in many countries or regulating it even further there is a possibility that some sites will be completely affected to the point of closing down.

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