Ontario Liberal Government Changes Legalize Concert Ticket Price Gouging

From Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Todd Smith

Posted June 1st, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park, Toronto – Music fans have been subjected to suspicious price spikes since the Ontario government lifted restrictions on the ticket resale industry, according to Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith.  Recent tour dates for acts like Bruce Springsteen, Adele and The Tragically Hip have resulted in tickets being resold at more than ten times the face value.ticket scalpers

“This week the outcry from music fans has been deafening as thousands of Hip fans went online to buy tickets, only to find them sold out seconds after they were supposed to go on sale,” Smith told the House during Question Period. “What they didn’t know was that last July, the government changed the ticket resale laws to make it easier for big ticket resellers to gouge customers.”

In July of 2015, the government changed the regulations regarding the reselling of tickets for the first time since 1914. By changing the scalping law, Smith argues, the government opened the door for price gouging on the resale ticket market.

“For years these corporate giants have been going to legislatures around the world trying to change scalping laws so that they can turn the screws on consumers,” Smith added in the House. “At the time the government changed the law, John Karastamatis of Mirvish Productions said this change catered to big ticket holders like Ticketmaster, StubHub and MLSE. Karastamatis stated, ‘That’s what this new law was all about — to allow these corporations to be able to legally use same techniques that the so-called street scalpers use.’”

Smith had at least one theory for why music fans are getting hit so hard on the resale market. He informed the House that Ticketmaster and its parent company had donated $52,700 to the Liberal government around the time the regulation was changed.

“I think the Hip said it best,” Smith stated. “The secret rules of engagement are hard to endorse; when the appearance of conflict meets the appearance of force.”

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3 responses to “Ontario Liberal Government Changes Legalize Concert Ticket Price Gouging

  1. Sheila Krekorian

    I worked with 4 other people trying to get tickets on both Mon and Tues to ANY Tragically Hip show. We downloaded the APPS, each joined the Fan Club, followed the rules, preregistered and were sitting at the computer ready 30 min early. We read that the tickets could not be re-sold as the purchaser would be required to show their credit card and ID with the tickets at the show. No worries, we had a plan. We were concerned we might end up with too many tickets with 5 of us trying so we had a fool proof plan to let the others know the tickets were in hand. We didnt need it. As the 10am presale time moved from Ontario thru the Praire provinces and onto BC, we kept trying. I dont know what we would have done it we had been successful. No worries there though. Between the 5 of us, we couldnt get a single ticket in the nosebleed section.

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  2. Is there any honesty left with this Ontario Liberal Government for it certainly seems totally corrupt. I guess Bernie Sanders quote ” A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – It seems there are NO LEADERS just scum

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  3. Sheila Krekorian

    We tried again today. Second verse, same as the first: “Out damn bots!”

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