Mr. Fournier (Hull):
I think the provinces will agree also because they administer these parimutuel systems. Here are the notes. I am no expert myself because I never make any bets. Subsection 4 of section 235 of the Criminal Code now provides for such graduated scale of percentages ranging from 9 per cent to 5 per cent that may be retained by the racing association. It is now proposed that this rate shall be fixed at 9 per cent of the total amount wagered on each race.
At present the amount retained by racing associations throughout the country is calculated at the rate of 9 per cent on the amount of money wagered in respect of 85 per cent to 90 per cent of the races run. The lower rates of this graduated scale are used mainly on Saturdays and holidays, and these are the days when stakes races with substantial purses take place.
In the United States a fixed rate of parimutuel commission has been adopted instead
Criminal Code of the sliding scale in effect in Canada at the present time. The difference to the racing associations by reason of a change to a fixed rate of 9 per cent would be a fractional percentage, but the change would greatly simplify the work of the departmental supervisors at the track and it is recommended for the purpose of a more efficient supervision and administration.
This has been submitted to the authorities, I suppose, because they can administer it more easily with a fixed rate than with this graduated rate which starts under the old section of the code when the total amount staked or deposited on each race is $20,000 or under at 9 per cent; over $20,000 but not over $30,000, 8 per cent, and so forth. I am told there is not much difference in the amounts which the association will get out of it, but to administer and operate these parimutuels it is more effective to have a fixed rate. I can bring as my witnesses editorials from some papers that have said it was a sensible amendment.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT WITH RESPECT TO RACE MEETINGS