Bill C290 – An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports Betting) – was introduced into the House of Commons on September 28, 2011 by Joe Comartin, M.P. for Windsor Tecumseh.
On November 1, 2011 C290 was debated at second reading, with numerous speeches from members of all parties and was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Following a review by the Committee on February 16, 2012, the Bill was reported back to the House of Commons on February 27, 2012.
Third reading debate was held on March 2, 2012 and again with support from all parties the Bill was passed and referred on to the Senate.
Introduced in the Senate four days later, on March 6, C290 was debated at second reading on May 16, 2012, and referred to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
Committee hearings began on October 4, 2012, and after five meetings of the committee, with 21 witnesses appearing and 27 written submissions received, the Committee referred the Bill back to the Senate for third reading on November 8, 2012. Debate at third reading continues, with six Senators having spoken to the bill since November 2012.