An NDP MLA who has tried to put forward a private members bill on preventing ticket scalpers is hoping the Liberals will rethink their position.
Speaking on the Steele and Drex show, Vancouver West End representative Spencer Chandra Herbert says he still gets some calls from frustrated Vancouverites.
“A lot of people have given up even calling me to tell me they’re upset because they know that I want change, but they also see the government refuses to act. So anytime we get a big concert, a big sports championship, whatever you want to call it, this comes up.”
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The Ontario provincial government has started a public survey asking how they can prevent scalper bots buying tickets.
“I know we’re not ever going to be able to solve the problem 100 per cent. I don’t want to pretend that you could ever get rid of it completely. There’s always going to be some sort of a black market element trying to get their hands on this money.”
Tragically Hip fans hoping to see Gord Downie’s last tour were upset when tickets to the show sold out in minutes last May.
No regulation any time soon
In response, the Provincial government says it is not planning on regulating ticket-reselling.
An email from the Ministry of Justice says “the Industry has a collective role to find ways to ensure tickets are available to fans.”
It goes on to say artists and promoters control how tickets to their events are sold and distributed, so it’s their responsibility to make sure it’s fair and equitable for their fans.
The statement also says the government is monitoring the process underway in Ontario.
With files from Gord MacDonald