VICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. Green caucus has been calling for an independent public inquiry into the issue of money laundering in B.C. since February and supports government’s announcement today to establish a commission to begin that process.
“A public inquiry into money laundering in B.C. removes the investigation from partisan influence, protects the public interest and restores public trust,” said MLA Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green Party. “Our caucus supports this inquiry and stresses that it must be fully empowered under the Public Inquiry Act and without arbitrary limits imposed on the time period to be examined. This process must be transparent whenever possible throughout the proceedings, and the findings and recommendations must be released in a timely manner.
“The financial impact and human costs money laundering has had, and continues to have, on our province’s housing and opioid crises is staggering. British Columbians deserve no less than a full and complete account of how it was allowed to go on for so long and reach the scale that it did. They deserve knowledge of and accountability for the decisions made by individuals and regulatory agencies that contributed to the scale and severity of the impacts.”
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