Sports betting bill moves forward, but without Falk’s vote

One of 15 'no' votes

A private member’s bill to legalize sports betting in Canada received overwhelming support on second reading Wednesday in the House of Commons.

But the MP from Battlefords-Lloydminster wasn’t among those supporters.

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Conservative MP Rosemarie Falk was one of 15 MPs who voted against Bill C-218, an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports Betting).

Falk was one of 13 Conservatives to vote against the bill, along with Liberal MP Adam Vaughan and independent Derek Sloan. The bill nevertheless passed with overwhelming multi-partisan support, with 303 yes votes.

The next step is for the bill to be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights before it returns to the House for third reading.

Bill C-218 is a private members bill from Saskatoon-Grasswood Conservative MP Kevin Waugh. Should it pass, the legislation would legalize single-event sports betting in Canada, which would operate in accordance with provincial regulations.

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