Guy Lonechild says the province is losing $30 million in wagers every year
It is reported this week in Canadian media that the province of Saskatchewan was going to join British Columbia, Quebec and soon Ontario since it will regulate online gambling. Guy Lonechild, the head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations commented that it was time to expand gaming, and expressed a strong desire to regulate and control online gambling in Saskatchewan. FSIN has already created The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority to operate six casinos: Living Sky in Swift Current, Gold Eagle in North Battleford, Dakota Dunes in Saskatoon, Northern Lights in Prince Albert, Painted Hand in Yorkton and Bear Claw in Carlyle.
He also wants to speed up the process, suggesting the great revenues will otherwise be lost, saying: "Approximately $30 million is leaving the province every year because of other gambling sites that are offered by other provinces." The Chief has a strong opposition in the province’s gaming minister, Ken Cheveldayoff, who stated this week: "Online gaming is not a top priority for the government right now. It's something that we've agreed to work together on and we've agreed to look at best practices across the country. Eventually we're going to have to make a decision on it but it's not something that's at the top of the agenda right now."
Beside this, FISN suggests that SIGA should be the only one to operate land casinos in the province. This would include both Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw which are not under the control of SIGA, but under SaskGaming Corp. and since it’s the provincial government who owns and operates the corporation, minister Cheveldayoff said that the two casinos are not for sale, stressing: "Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw are part of Gaming Corporation, they operate in an efficient manner, and they provide a handsome return for the people of Saskatchewan and they'll continue to do so."