April 9, 2008 -
Surprise, surprise. Canadian's love to gamble. So much so,
in fact, it has been deemed the most popular form of
entertainment by the Canadian Gaming Association. Okay, so I
suppose there's just an itsy witsy bitsy chance of some bias
in that one, so let's quantify and qualify shall we?
The exact quote
from the Canadian Gaming Association is that casino
gambling is "Canada's largest and most financially
significant entertainment industry ." While that
necessarily does not translate into "most popular", the
fact remains that Canadian's do have a penchant for
stakes of the financial kind.
In what apparently
amounted to a press release for the Canadian gambling
industry, the Gaming Association cited some statistics
from 2006, referred to the economic stimulus of casino
gambling, and then proclaimed the industry as an
"essential pillar of the entertainment industry in
Canada." Good for them.
If you thought
comedy was the number one form of entertainment in
Canada, remember, just because they're good at it,
doesn't mean they like to watch it. That's ironic comdey
right there for you in true Canadian style!
Before my own
standup routine stands more upright, let's talk some
numbers, shall we? In 2006, the Canadian gambling
industry contributed over $15 billion to the economy and
created approximately 267,000 jobs (full-time, mind
you). Over 57% of this revenue helped support government
services and charitable causes, while the remainder went
toward operation costs and employee wages.
Chalk another one
up for casinos! And to top it off, this study didn't
even correlate online gambling, which everybody knows
Canadians are helping sustain in a large way. Although
the Canadian government takes an antagonistic stance
toward bets of the internet persuasion (or should I say
Canada's gambling monopolies and casino interests take
this stance), at this stage in the game, only a few
threats have been made to police up Canadian facing
online casinos and internet betting.
These threats have
primarily been aimed at the Kahnawake Gaming Commission,
whose sovereign tribal land sits within Canadian
borders. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is one of the
largest licensors and regulators of online casinos,
poker rooms and sportsbooks in the World, and aside from
a few slip-ups by some of their licensed sites,
Kahnawake has developed a strong and respectable name,
not to mention a healthy attitude in brushing off
threats made by the Canadian government.
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