- The commission led by B.C. Supreme Court judge Austin Cullen first prompted the question in 2019.
- The final word from the investigation is now in the hands of the local government.
The final message from British Columbia’s public investigation into money laundering has been submitted to the government, with officials set to check the Cullen Commission’s report before it’s released to the public.
The New Democrat government-appointed B.C.
Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen May 2019 conducted the inquiry after several official reports concluded that hundreds of millions of dollars related to organized crime and the drug trade had impacted the region’s real estate, luxury car, and gaming sectors.
The Cullen Commission’s website says its order includes finding facts on the extent, growth, and methods of money laundering in B.C. and whether the actions or omissions of regulatory agencies and people “contributed to money laundering in the region or amount to corruption.”
Since 2020, the commission heard testimony from nearly 200 witnesses over 130 days, including former B.C. Premier Christy Clark, several former and current cabinet ministers, police officers, gaming officials, financial crime experts, and academics.
Two senior gaming investigators swore that they raised problems in 2009 with gaming and government officials, including cabinet ministers, about rising amounts of money in Vancouver-area casinos that they supposed were connected to organized crime.
B.C. Attorney General David Eby testified he set an independent study of money laundering at B.C. casinos after watching videos of gamblers picking up large bags filled with $20 bills and getting them inside the venues.
Eby, who will get a copy of Cullen’s report with Finance Minister Selina Robinson and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, says the government intends to release the information, but he didn’t provide a date.
“I’m looking on to the report,” says Eby.
“Commissioner Cullen and his crew worked very hard on it and heard from many witnesses.
Source – cbc.ca