Saskatchewan may best be known for being really freaking cold during the winter months and the birthplace of Calvin Ayre. It now looks as though it could be the next Canadian province benefiting from the regulation of online gambling. As its residents are lovers of online gaming, it will be welcome news the residents that some of the money will be benefiting them in the long term.
According to CBC.ca, over the weekend an advertisement was placed in the local press by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority seeking information on products and services that could assist in the creation of an Internet gaming site.
It was only July when we heard of First Nations leaders’ interest in online gambling, including a possible partnership with the provincial government. Both sides already operate land-based casinos in the province and as everyone else is creating an online gambling site, it’s seems only fair that they play copycat.
One of those at the forefront of any decision will be Saskatchewan minister responsible for gaming, Ken Cheveldayoff.
When questioned on the issues, he said: “We want benefits to go to all people in Saskatchewan at some point if we decide to go down this road. It’s “troubling” that when people in Saskatchewan go online to gamble now, all the money spent goes outside the province. If Saskatchewan had its own site, the profits would stay in the province. Whether profits go to SIGA or they go to the government of Saskatchewan, those profits will be reinvested for Saskatchewan residents.”
Calvin Ayre has in the past offered an olive branch to the Saskatchewan administration, explaining earlier this year that he would be more than happy to help out his home province should they go in to online gambling. If only to make sure they don’t end up making a total ass of themselves like those in British Colombia.