The Ontario government has said that it is not going to bring UFC to the province. According to a Toronto SUN article premier Dalton McGuinty’s reason for not bringing the sport to Ontario was,
“It’s just not a priority for us at this point,”…“We have higher priorities when it comes to developing … jobs and strengthening the economy.”
Basically he is saying “I’d love to sign a piece of paper saying they can come but I’ve got so many more important things to do”. Acording to the article,
Ontario remains one of the last jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. to outlaw mixed martial events, despite repeated urging from UFC officials to open up the potentially lucrative market.
In a televised interview before Christmas, McGuinty said he would consider their pleas but it now seems clear he has put the issue on to the back burner again.
UFC officials say Ontarians are their biggest fans and predict a crowd of 35,000-40,000 would attend an event in Toronto.
Fans now flock to Quebec or other jurisdictions to get their UFC fix.
The Criminal Code of Canada prohibits prizefighting but individual provinces can choose to exempt sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts.
Ontario would need to amend its Athletics Control Act to permit the activity.
This would bring a few things to Ontario. Jobs (you have to hire staff for the events) and money (people pay. lots of people pay).
I’m sure eventually you will hear the usual “watching fighting promotes violence” and stuff like that but we all know that is rubbish. That whole idea is stupid, watching violence does not encourage violence. People will be violent whether they watch something like UFC or not.