With bets placed at online casino and poker sites on the increase across many provinces in Canada, the leader of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has made his feelings public, making a clear call to the government to review their stance on online gambling.
Chief Guy Lonechild, the head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, believes that the Saskatchewan government should change the restrictions placed on online gambling as the loss of revenue to the Saskatchewan province is quite substantial, and is estimated at $30 million dollars. His feeling is that the losses occur as a result of gamblers playing at casino slots online and online poker sites available in other provinces.
Chief Lonechild is believed to be drafting a letter to the government in which he will be clearly making the tribal position known, that they be permitted to operate online casinos in the province. B.C. Lottery Corp. set the example when they launched their online casino site in 2010, with many other provinces in Canada having followed suit. Chief Lonechild would like the Saskatchewan province to do the same, and he believes it will generate millions of dollars for the province. The current approach of the authorities is that the regulation of the online gambling industry is not a priority at this time.
Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said that online casino and online gambling regulation is not a high priority for the government at this time, but that it will be looked at in terms of best practices across the country in the not too distant future.
The benefit from the regulation of online gambling for other countries is evident in that the income from online casino and online poker gambling having become a main source of government revenue. The licensing fees imposed on online casino and poker sites in order to operate legally in these countries have already accounted for in excess of $25 million in revenue. It would appear at this stage that the regulation of online casino gambling may be implemented on a per-state basis before being looked at on a federal level.