Off­shore gam­bling bad for At­lantic Cana­di­ans

Journal Pioneer - - EDITORIAL -

An es­ti­mated $90 mil­lion will leave At­lantic Canada and go to off­shore gam­bling web­sites in 2017 (Re: se­ries of ar­ti­cles on on­line gam­bling pub­lished over the hol­i­days in sev­eral Saltwire net­work pub­li­ca­tions in­clud­ing the Jour­nal Pioneer). These off­shore com­pa­nies do not pay lo­cal taxes, con­trib­ute no profit to our pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments, cre­ate no lo­cal jobs and do not pur­chase lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices. The on­line gam­bling in­dus­try is not slow­ing down. Rev­enues for off­shore sites are pre­dicted to grow by 80 per cent over the next five years. By 2022, an es­ti­mated $162 mil­lion will be spent by At­lantic Cana­di­ans on off­shore gam­bling web­sites.

The fact is, At­lantic Lot­tery is the only au­tho­rized provider of in­ter­net gam­bling in At­lantic Canada. Most At­lantic Cana­di­ans are not aware that off­shore gam­bling sites op­er­ate il­le­gally in our re­gion, without any reg­u­la­tory over­sight by lo­cal gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

At­lantic Lot­tery has been sell­ing prod­ucts on­line since 2004, in­clud­ing lot­tery games, bingo, in­stant win games and par­lay sports bet­ting. To help com­bat the black mar­ket, sev­eral Cana­dian prov­inces have also suc­cess­fully in­tro­duced reg­u­lated, le­gal casino and poker op­tions on­line. As a re­sult, over 75 per cent of Cana­di­ans now have ac­cess to a reg­u­lated in­ter­net casino in their prov­ince.

At­lantic Lot­tery feels that the case to reg­u­late in­ter­net casino in our re­gion is be­com­ing more com­pelling ev­ery year. At­lantic Cana­di­ans de­serve a safe, le­gal al­ter­na­tive for all of their on­line gam­bling en­ter­tain­ment.

At­lantic Lot­tery takes re­spon­si­ble gam­bling se­ri­ously. When re­spon­si­ble prac­tices are in place, on­line gam­bling can of­fer op­tions to help play­ers re­spon­si­bly man­age their play and make in­formed choices. At­lantic Lot­tery ex­ists to fund cru­cial ser­vices like hos­pi­tals, schools and roads. We have two jobs: pro­vide At­lantic Cana­dian adults with gov­ern­ment-reg­u­lated and re­spon­si­ble lot­tery prod­ucts, and re­turn 100 per cent of prof­its from lot­tery sales to the four At­lantic Cana­dian gov­ern­ments. At­lantic Cana­di­ans have trusted us to do these jobs for the past 40 years and we have de­liv­ered.

Joey Cormier,

Director of Mar­ket­ing, iLot­tery, At­lantic Lot­tery

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