Relations Souring Between Québec and Kahnawake

Mohawk chiefs who host hundreds of online gaming sites have condemned state lottery operator Loto-Québec for launching a competing site - and for the “implicit demonisation” of its tribe.The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake said that Québec had failed to understand or deliberately ignored “the opportunities for synergy between Loto-Quebec and Kahnawake” and called on the state government to work with it to harmonise online gaming regulation.

Last week Quebec finance minister Raymond Bachand revealed Loto-Quebec had been sanctioned to offer online gaming  including poker tournaments from later this year.

He said part of the aim was to “cannibalise” illegal online sites which attracts thousands of Quebecers every month.

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