Ontario Gov't Close to Passing Act Targeting Ticket Resellers

Attorney general Chris Bentley said province is moving ahead with Ticket Speculation Act.

TORONTO -- The Ontario government has Ticketmaster in its crosshairs over alleged ticket scalping.

Ontario attorney general Chris Bentley on Friday said the province is moving ahead with the Ticket Speculation Act, introduced last year to target ticket sellers who sell and resell seats to popular sporting and entertainment events through related websites.

Ontario first took Ticketmaster to task in April 2009 when fans of Leonard Cohen complained tickers to his Canadian concerts were being sold at inflated prices through a Ticketmaster subsidiary, TicketsNow.

The Ticket Speculation Act will shortly receive a second reading in the Ontario legislature, Bentley told reporters.

The bill requires a third reading before it can be voted into law.

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