Ottawa aims to steal a small amount of money from protesters, but has ignored the flood of dark money for years


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One of the weirdest things about Justin Trudeau panicking and enforcing an emergency law is that he has a lot of authority not yet in the state, not to mention the need to deal with possible emergencies. It looks like you haven’t given it. Second, one rigorous force it gives to seize or freeze financial assets without a court order is a very real problem that the government has long ignored: a flood of dirty money into Canada. Is to be able to deal with. But they have no clear intention to deal with it.

Canadians don’t seem to think that our clean, discreet, polite, and orderly land could be a paradise for infamous money laundering. And our government doesn’t seem to think it’s important.

For clarity, I don’t think you should be able to seize Hitler’s bank account without a court order. And Ottawa’s “occupation” and “siege” are not wars, even by Twitter standards, and are not a threat to Canada’s democracy by any standards.

The flood of dark money is another matter. And another example of the Canadian government’s essential paralysis. Despite an impressive set of powers and ambitions, and largely obedient masses, they cannot even make serious efforts to keep their promises to end the boiling water recommendations of indigenous reserves. ..

Budget balancing is not mentioned as it is done on its own during the nap. But can you be a little more careful with large-scale money laundering?

For example, it’s not exactly a secret that Vancouver real estate is literally driven by a highly suspicious pile of cash. “Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister @cafreeland announces that the government will use emergency legislation to extend the scope of Canada’s money laundering prevention law to cloud funding platforms and stop funding what is called an illegal blockade. After reporting the news, Port Coquitram, British Columbia, reminded us that organized crime in this country (and other countries) laundered billions of dollars through Canadian real estate, casinos and more. I will do it. ” reminder. From the mayor.

Several journalists, including Terry Glavin, have been working on it for years. In 2017, he called for an investigation into money laundering in the wake of an Australian scandal, pointing out: Glamorous attendees include Ben Sung Won of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Shen Lin Cian, insurance king and banker, and Chang Bin of Billionaire, with a $ 1,500 fee plus a $ 1 million to the Pierre Trudeau Foundation and the University of Montreal. Donated. “

Such “generosity” may explain why politicians didn’t even try to deal with money laundering the way you wanted. It’s like directing important resources to the relevant departments of RCMP. Unlike fixing policing more generally, it’s not when you try and fail, but when you don’t. Still, a Google search for “Canada Money Laundering” yields 44.7 million hits. Again, including Glavine, from December 2021, quoted the Federal Criminal Information Agency’s report on Vancouver’s “reputation as an international fraudster, drug dealer, and well-connected high roller money laundering hub.” Someone is paying attention because they are doing it. The amount of dirty money flowing into Canadian real estate and other ventures is probably estimated at $ 133 billion annually. “

understood? Because someone did it. Glavine also said, “Between 2012 and January of this year, [Vancouver] Authorities have accepted nearly 2,000 payments totaling $ 13.1 million, all in a pile of cash, from property tax payments to municipal graveyard parcels. It’s like Monty Python.

The usual suspects are noble and have funded some rough protesters over $ 9 million, just as Canada is in a state of emergency. Selective anger is evident given that our current Minister of the Environment is willing to accept foreign funding from environmental groups, including those that have broken the law.

Foreigners may fund Canadians for legal activities and vice versa. But money laundering is not legal. And it leads to other crimes, from bribes to shootings, and even more. Consider this February 15th National Post news alert. “A suspected ketamine maker was shot dead in Phuket, a popular tourist destination in southern Thailand. Police in British Columbia are preparing for a possible backlash and may have already begun. I’m afraid. “

Such things can happen in the most peaceful kingdoms. But, except in our hearts, we are not in that kingdom. Canada has infamous porous borders for illegal cigarettes, immigrants, drugs, guns needed by criminal ventures, and the money they attract and generate.

I know that we don’t take national security seriously, from the military to the ban on Huawei’s critical communications infrastructure. But, so to speak, being ready to rob frustrated protesters by suspending the rule of law while passively gazing at the flood of dark money that undermines the rule of law. So to speak, it is especially rich.

Talk about emergencies.

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John Robson

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John Robson is a documentary filmmaker, National Post columnist, Dorchester Review contributor editor, and Executive Director of Climate Discussion Nexus. His latest documentary is “Environment: True Story”.

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