Single-game sports betting bill dead in the water: Senator

Senators Bob Runciman. (QMI Agency)

Senators Bob Runciman. (QMI Agency)

JESSICA MURPHY, QMI Agency Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 11:40 AM ET

A one-two punch of fierce lobbying and cross-party opposition appears to have knocked out a contentious single-event sports betting bill in the Senate.

But politicians fighting its corner say the bill may be down but not out and will go another round in the next parliamentary session.

C-290's Senate sponsor Bob Runciman conceded Tuesday he expects the bill to die on the order paper when Senate breaks for summer in a few weeks.

Both Liberal and Conservative senators flagged concerns with the way the bill passed with unanimous consent in the House last year - with under an hour of scrutiny in committee and testimony from a sole witness: the Canadian Gaming Association.

Last November, a group of MPs against the bill went so far as to suggest the fix was in between House leaders to muzzle debate on the legislation.

So many senators are now lined up to speak on the NDP private member's bill it's unlikely it will ever come to a vote in the Red Chamber, which is now busy tackling government legislation.


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