QUEEN’S PARK – Royal Canadian Legion branches and service clubs may soon be in for some good news says MPP Percy Hatfield (Windsor–Tecumseh), after his private member’s motion passed unanimously Thursday afternoon.
Hatfield’s motion calls on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to allow Royal Canadian Legion branches and service clubs to legally run “daily”, “loonie” and “toonie” draws again for their members.
“Legions and service clubs are the cornerstones of many local communities. At a time when so many of us, including our veterans, have felt isolated and alone, it’s more important than ever to protect our legions and service clubs and do everything we can to save them,” said Hatfield.
“Because this year’s poppy campaign may be restricted because of COVID-19 distancing, allowing other revenue streams is one way the AGCO can show its support for our military personnel past and present,” he added.
These progressive money draws were halted last year because AGCO rules and regulations didn’t specify they could be held in Ontario. The draws were also stopped at not-for-profit sports clubs and some Knights of Columbus Halls. Hatfield says all such charity clubs should be allowed to offer their members incentives to stay socially active, especially the legions this year.
Hatfield will now be writing to the AGCO requesting a review of the rules and regulations governing such progressive draws, as part of the AGCO’s current review of charitable gaming regulations.