Take a chance on them?

The provincial Liberals have always believed in the primacy of the private over the public sector. But on the issue of Internet gambling, they seemingly ignored the advice of the private sector and launched their own online casino, which has now crashed and burned the government. As I earlier reported, in 2008 the association representing Internet gambling companies encouraged elected officials to instead regulate their industry - which exists in a legal gray zone in this country.

According to the Interactive Gaming Council, the government would be seen as expanding gambling if it got into the online betting business, while the regulation of privately-owned operations would be seen as an effort to protect the public.

The council also warned the Campbell administration might not have the expertise to enter the sector on its own.

And, by making the British Columbia Lottery Corp. the sole legal provider of Internet gambling in the province, enforcement activities against its operation would become "virtually impossible" since it's "improbable government would shutdown its only supplier."

Read now, that advice seems prudent if not prophetic making me wonder why - legal considerations notwithstanding - the Liberals didn't take it.

The following is a copy of the relevant portion of the council's pitch.

Interactive Gaming Council 2008 budget submission page 8

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Gordo and Co. blew a lot of money in the last number of years, ran out of ways to increase fees so jump[ed into gambling in a big way. Not too much thought in getting a system up and running as the need for more cash to spend on their favorite projects. The on line system seems to be failing but the need for quick cash has not gone away. They don't care about damage to the people who gamble as a new roof for a old stadium, or other favorite flashy project is more important than peoples personal records or them getting deeper in debt. The cartoon of Coleman saying "Hello suckers " is not realy a cartoon but a reality

that advice seems prudent if not prophetic making me wonder why - legal considerations notwithstanding - the Liberals didn't take it.

Because regulators don't get the profits is the obvious answer to that one.

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