Sandy Hawley to appear before House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights

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TORONTO — Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley is scheduled to appear before a House of Commons committee Tuesday as part of its study of a private member’s bill calling for the legalization of single-event sports betting in Canada.

Bill C-218 calls to amend the Criminal Code and make it legal for individuals to bet on the outcome of single sports events in Canada. Bill C-218 is a private member’s bill sponsored by MP Kevin Waugh (Conservative, Saskatoon-Grasswood) that passed a vote in the House of Commons last month and has now proceeded to  hearings before the Justice Committee.

Hawley amassed more 6,000 career victories as a jockey before retiring in 1998. The 71-year-old native of Oshawa, Ont., is a four-time Queen’s Plate champion and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986.

Hawley, a public relations ambassador for Woodbine Entertainment, is expected to discuss the need to protect the horse-racing industry and how the legalization of historical horse racing could improve its fortunes in Canada.

Historical horse racing allows people to bet on races that already have been run.