"I regret that I don't have better news for Canadians," said Bill Rutsey, CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association. "Those who understand what is at risk, and the benefits that could exist by implementing regulation, are frustrated and dissatisfied by the vote. The scales of justice are badly misaligned where this issue is concerned, and I remain baffled that the Government of Canada can't recognize it too."
Thirty-eight million dollars is wagered illegally every day, and $8.1 billion has been wagered illegally since C-221 was first introduced. This activity will not stop with the Bill's defeat and sadly, it will be offshore online gaming operators and organized crime who continue to profit, not Canadian citizens.
Many opponents of the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act assumed that the Bill supported the expansion of gambling, but the opposite is true. Fourteen billion dollars is already being wagered every year in Canada. This Bill was an attempt to regulate, contain, and reduce this illegal activity.