Pupatello vows to champion single-event sports betting

Sandra Pupatello reacts as Melinda Munro endorses her candidacy for the Liberal nomination in Windsor West at the Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor, August 23, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

The Liberal candidate for Windsor West Sandra Pupatello says she will bring forward single-event sports betting if she gets elected.

Her rival, NDP candidate Brian Masse, championed the issue, and on two separate occasions, he introduced private members’ bills that died in the Senate.

Pupatello said the landscape changed in the last year, and an opportunity was missed.

“I think the time is now,” said Pupatello. “We just need to stay on top of it and we need to make it happen. If the Senate was stalling I think we have the arguments that if they were concerned about whose ox is getting gored here, we’re covering our bases.”

Since the last time the bill was introduced, national sports leagues have said they are no longer in opposition to the betting.  In addition, multiple US states now allow single sports betting.

Pupatello said the initiative would create jobs in Windsor, and create a large revenue stream for Ontario.

Also running in Windsor West are Conservative Henry Lau, Darryl Burrell of the People’s Party of Canada, Quinn Hunt of the Green Party, and Margaret Villemazar of the Marxist-Leninist Party.