B.C.’s attorney general looks to rally the feds in his fight against money laundering
B.C. Attorney General David Eby is heading to Ottawa to speak before a parliamentary committee that’s reviewing the nation’s anti-money laundering controls next week.
Speaking on The Jon McComb Show, Eby said he’ll talk about federal laws and how agencies like Revenue Canada play a role in illegal activity.
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“The concern I have is that the news, the stories that I have about the hockey bags full of $20 bills, are not making it over the mountain to Ottawa,” Eby said.
“And what I really want to do, and the intent of showing up at the federal committee is to make sure that all parties, not just the government in Ottawa, but all parties are aware of the urgency of the federal government being involved here.”
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In past months, the spotlight has been on how suspicious money is laundered through casinos in Metro Vancouver and the real estate industry.
“There’s also significant inter-governmental channels that our government has opened with the federal government to talk about things like tax evasion and money laundering, particularly in the real estate market,” he said.
A report released by Eby last year raised serious questions about the system in place for dealing with suspicious cash transactions in B.C. casinos.
Earlier this year, documents obtained through a freedom of information request raised more eyebrows when it showed that one of the top 10 occupations of the biggest gamblers at the River Rock Casino in 2015 were “housewives.”
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An independent report into money laundering in the province is due at the end of the month.
The report made its first recommendations for B.C. in December, which included asking for a “source of funds declaration” for cash deposits or bearer bonds of $10,000 or more, as well as government regulators in Lower Mainland casinos.
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