I have many concerns about the McGuinty Government’s plans to introduce internet gambling in Ontario in 2012. Experts on problem gambling say that internet gambling exposes more young people to gambling, preys on the vulnerable, and encourages and increases addiction.
This is quite an about face for the governing Liberals who condemned the previous Conservative Government in Ontario for alleged plans to introduce internet gaming calling it “another way to bleed money out of the most vulnerable people.”
Before internet gambling is launched in Ontario, our legislators should hear from the experts and the families affected by problem gambling and study the effects of online gambling on gaming behaviour and addictions.
Internet gambling preys on the poor, the unemployed, reformed gamblers, and young males who are internet savvy but seemingly unaware of the consequences. For the problem gambler a click of the mouse can result in the loss of the house.
It is unfortunate that our provincial government is giving up the fight against illegal online gambling and getting into the online gambling business itself.
Brian Lynch, Cornwall Ontario
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