No online gambling for N.S.

November 1st, 2010

Nova Scotia won’t get into online gambling noted by Premier Darrell Dexter.

Dexter rejected the possibility of a government-sanctioned gambling site on Thursday.

He told reporters in Halifax, “We don’t think it’s consistent with our goal to try to reduce the harm that is done by gaming,” Dexter said the decision was made after hearing from experts and the public.

The announcement comes two months after Finance Minister Graham Steele had suggested Nova Scotia needed its own online gambling site to protect addicts from unregulated, offshore sites.

Back in August, Steele told CBC News a provincial site would include information to help problem gamblers. Thursday he changed his mind. He said he read the latest research and has realized that a government site would entice people who wouldn’t otherwise gamble.

British Columbia launched its own online gambling site this summer. Ontario and Quebec also plan to jump into the web gambling business.

The Nova Scotia government has yet to release its plans for gaming.

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