Former BC Prime Minister to testify in inquiries about money laundering

Continuing research into money laundering in British Columbia has added former and current ministers to the list of witnesses for the first time since it began over a year ago. There are 11 people in all.

According to the Commission’s website, among the current NDP ministers to testify are Attorney General David Eby, British Columbia’s Deputy Minister for Gambling Sam MacLeod, and Prime Minister Lori Wanamaker’s Deputy Minister. Former liberals include Christy Clark, who premiered from 2011 to 2017, and ministers of Rich Coleman, Mike De Jong, and Kashheed.

The former and current ministers will testify at a hearing from April 19th to 30th.

The final report of the Karen Commission was originally scheduled to be published on May 15, but has been extended to December 15.

According to a March 19 statement by the Commission, the extension was primarily due to delays caused by a wide range of pandemics, document collection challenges and issues under investigation that required the hearing to be brought online.

In his interim reportCommissioner Austin Karen, released last December, criticized federal agencies for being slow to respond to requests for documents and information, or for providing documents that were “edited to the point of not providing meaningful information.” ..

British Columbia’s Prime Minister John Horgan has launched a committee following multiple reports on money laundering in the state. The report outlines how hundreds of millions of dollars of illegal cash transactions have affected the British Columbia real estate, luxury car and gaming sectors, some of which were money laundered at British Columbia casinos.

2019 report Former RCMP Deputy Secretary Peter German reveals how Greater Vancouver functions as the setting for a complex criminal alliance.

The Germans emphasized that the city’s desire for money laundering, dubbed the “Vancouver model” by Professor John Langdale of Australia, has become a hotspot for organized crime in China. This system bypasses traditional remittance methods by using an underground network to settle financial accounts. The state’s revenue was lost by tens of millions of dollars as a result of successfully avoiding state and federal taxes by simply selling and exporting luxury cars to China.

The impact of this complex money laundering system is also devastating at the social level. The Karen Commission has distorted the market in such a way that money laundering in real estate contributes to the affordability of homes, making Vancouver homes not the most affordable in Canada, but the most affordable internationally. We have already discussed whether it is a price. Service to drug trafficking organizations through illegal revenue laundering has also exacerbated the fentanyl crisis, which was particularly disastrous for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside region.

But the dirty truth isn’t just about BC A 2017 Investigation report by Toronto Star and CBC-Radio Canada, law firm Mossack Fonseca behind a large Panama Papers leak of 11.5 million documents detailing global tax avoidance and tax evasion as tax havens in Canada It emphasizes how to market and establish a shell company in the country for that purpose. tax evasion.

“The vast international tax avoidance industry is increasingly promoting Canada as a jurisdiction to hide wealth,” the report said. “Canada’s cautious reputation and solid economy to make suspicious transactions look legal.” He said that the practice of “using” is called “snow washing.”

The Task Force on Financial Activities (FATF), an independent intergovernmental organization whose recommendations to combat money laundering and terrorist financing are recognized as global standards., In a 2016 report, Canada criticized it for failing to comply with five of the FATF’s 40 recommendations., Includes Recommendation 25. Recommendation 25 calls on countries to take steps to prevent misuse of legal arrangements for money laundering or terrorist financing.

In his interim report, Karen described money laundering as “a crime that strikes the heart of our collective values ​​and destroys the structure of a free and democratic society.”