Gambling oddsmakers now taking bets on Quebec student strike
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers closing remarks at the G8 summit in Camp David, Md.,
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6:18PM EDT
MONTREAL - A sports-gambling site has begun taking bets on potential outcomes of Quebec's student strike.
The site sets odds for when the strike will end; whether there will be a referendum on tuition hikes; how many fines will be levied against the most hardline student group; and whether the government will back down.
It even sets odds on whether martial law will be declared in Quebec by the end of 2012. Just for the record, those odds are pegged at 5.5 to 1.
The Quebec-based site predicts even chances of the strike ending by September, and also sets 50-50 odds on the Quebec government amending or repealing its controversial emergency legislation, Bill 78.
Setting odds over which celebrity might be next to wear the iconic red protest square, U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore comes in first at 7 to 1. There are slimmer odds of it being worn by famous hockey players, Star Trek legend William Shatner, singers Madonna and Leonard Cohen, and hockey pundit Don Cherry.
But the celebrity seen as least likely to wear the red square? In that last spot, just after Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper -- at 201-to-1 odds.