Senator champions sports betting bill

Governor General David Johnston delivers a speech in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in...

Governor General David Johnston delivers a speech in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, November 24, 2011. REUTERS/Dave Chan

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

With his most vicious jabs aimed at major league sports, Sen. Bob Runciman came out swinging Thursday in a bid to save a single-event-betting bill from near certain death on the floor of the Red Chamber.

Pro and amateur sports leagues are strongly opposed to Canada allowing single-game betting.

They argue it would tempt athletes and officials into match-fixing and damage the relationship between teams and fans. Currently, Canadians can only wager on a minimum of two games at a time.


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