The first form of gaming the island should pursue is a National Lottery in which the funds are used for the development of our youth in sports, the arts, music and educational endeavours, UBP MP Charles Swan said.
Earlier this year, Premier Paula Cox tabled the Referendum Act 2012 in the House of Assembly, saying it would be followed by a referendum on gaming in Bermuda in due course.
Mr Swan said: “Notwithstanding the governments intention to table legislation on a referendum on gaming, I notified the legislature some months ago of my wish to lay my motion ‘That this Honourable House support a National Lottery for the express purpose of funding the development of our youth in sports, the arts, music and educational endeavours beneficial to the future of our island and its people’. The motion was tabled on Friday.
“I have long expounded on gaming – which covers a wide range of entertainment – and pointedly the need for a National Lottery – which is a bit more specific,” continued Mr Swan.
“You will know that both my colleague Kim Swan and I polled our respective constituencies for their views on gaming in Bermuda. The results, which were based on a larger sampling than national polls get, where overwhelmingly in support.
“It is my belief that a National Lottery should be the first form of ‘gaming’ that our island pursue. I believe that it is a ‘milder’ form of gaming entertainment, would generate quite a lot of local interest, and would reap real benefits for our youth.
“All at a time when Bermuda could use a bit of impetus, and Bermudians a boost in national pride,” said Mr Swan.