Why Eby must call a public inquiry…and why you & the media must not let this slide

***UPDATED WITH Sandy Garossino’s new piece at the bottom. Must. Read.***

It’s the Friday of a long weekend and while BC liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson embarrassingly tries to deflect attention in the face of the Peter German report, key figure Rich Coleman is nowhere to be found.

Likewise, Susan Anton and Mike DeJong are notably ‘busy’, all no doubt praying that this all dies down after Canada Day festivities and summer vacations start.

Bolstering their hopes is the apparent hesitance of Eby to call for a public inquiry-the language of both German and Eby in the presser spoke of  ‘looking forward’…no mention of inquiry or commission.

That didn’t sit well with me and clearly Sandy Garossino feels the same way.

Her bold tweet thread spells out why Eby – and all of you – must not let this go. Her points are succinct,pointed and worthy of sharing far and wide.

 

Yes. This. All of it and more.

A friend in law remarked that there is a good reason so many BC Liberals are saying so little right now. Should an inquiry be called,everything they say has the potential to be used down the road.

The extent of the corruption revealed by the Charbonneau Commission was stunning – here is a look at highlights from key witnesses: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreals-charbonneau-commission-what-the-witnesses-said-and-where-they-are-now

Like an old dam weakened by many small cracks, once the admissions started leaking nothing could hold back the flood.

And BC has the distinct advantage of learning key lessons from Charbonneau to ensure a tight,effective mandate.  https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/11/26/charbonneau-commission-holds-lesson-for-other-public-inquiries-hbert.html

” Ultimately, the Charbonneau’s commission best accomplished its mission on the front of public awareness. Its hearings vividly illustrated the toll that corruption and collusion have taken on the province’s public services. And they did demonstrate that the problem was systemic. “

” …the problem was systematic…”

Just. Like. BC.

David Eby already knows what needs to be done. He hosted a session on the lessons from Charbonneau last year.

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Now he just has to do it.

 

***An earlier thread by Sandy passed on is a must follow as well:

 

 

 

*Sandy Garossino isn’t ready to make nice: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/06/30/opinion/stop-whitewashing-bloodstains-bcs-dirty-money-laundromat

 

 

Read the precurser to this post, here: https://lailayuile.com/2018/06/27/money-and-corruption-are-ruining-the-land-2/

* Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Canada Day!

29 thoughts on “Why Eby must call a public inquiry…and why you & the media must not let this slide

  1. In response to your posts I went looking on the internet for ‘Ed Rampone, Rich Coleman’ and came up with a result: Sean Holman Public Eye Online: The Sharking Truth June 14, 2010

    http://www.publiceyeonline.com/archives/005076.html

    ********************

    And here what appears to the an index from Public Eye Online:

    “Blog search
    Entries from Public Eye Online tagged with ‘integrated illegal gaming enforcement team’ ”

    http://www.publiceyeonline.com/archives/005076.html

    1. Laila Yuile

      Thanks for these very complete and telling archives. Gosh there is a hundred reasons alone on Coleman.

      Still wondering why he removed his RCMP past from his bio. Weird.

    1. Laila Yuile

      What an excellent piece. There has been some really excellent coverage on this. Thanks for sharing.

      FYI, someone tried to log into my blog while I was in bed this morning. Thankfully I was notified. With all this excellent coverage – Sean Holmans archives are a treasure trove – not sure why someone would be so concerned over these posts.

  2. Gary T

    Excellent article Laila. You haven’t lost your touch, and hopefully, this means that you are back. I think that the Liberals will be toast for at least a couple of elections to come. At least we can hope for that anyway.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Back on this issue Gary. For now. For good reason.

      Integrity BC is a must follow on their twitter and facebook page. For reasons like this among a thousand others.

      And the direct link to what he posted, courtesy again of Sean Holman. https://thetyee.ca/News/2008/11/27/Gambling/print.html

  3. Coleman loses gaming and liquor files
    March 14, 2011

    http://www.publiceyeonline.com/archives/005936.html

    Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman has been responsible for the government’s gambling and booze files for most of his cabinet career. But, under the new Clark administration, he’s been shuffled to head up the ministry of energy and mines. Speaking with Public Eye, Mr. Coleman said he felt “fine” about losing those files, describing them as being a “bit like whack-a-moles at the PNE. One things goes down, another thing pops up.” As such, he said, “It’s probably time someone else had that portfolio” – specifically Shirley Bond, the province’s new solicitor general.

    FYI:
    The term “Whac-a-mole” (or “Whack-a-mole”) is used colloquially to denote
    a repetitious and futile task: each time an adversary is “whacked”, it only pops up again somewhere else.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Yes. I have been trying with no success in my spare time to pull up an article or colum questioning why the gaming file followed Coleman through ministries. If anyone can track that through his tenure, it would be compelling if accurate.

    2. Merv Adey posted this link via Sandy Garossino on one of your previous articles about Coleman:
      https://www.allianceforarts.com/blog/non-profits-call-clark-replace-rich-coleman

      Previous to that:
      https://www.vancouverobserver.com/casino/2010/12/15/should-rich-coleman-be-responsible-promoting-and-regulating-gaming

      Someone very badly wanted Mr. Coleman in that role for a long time and two BC Liberal Premiers withstood much political pressure to keep him there.

      An inquiry would explore why.

  4. BC Legislative Library listing:

    Rich Coleman (under Christy Clark) 2011 – 2017 http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/reference/christyclarkcabinet.pdf

    Coleman, Rich (under Gordon Campbell) 2001 – 2011 http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/reference/campbell_cabinet.pdf

    BC Political Facts

    British Columbia Cabinets (Executive Councils):

    https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/library-publications

    One minor detail on the need for Rich Coleman to shred everything, take no notes:

    Deputy Premier Rich Coleman

    1. Laila Yuile

      Sandy Garossino has a fine piece up.
      A public inquiry is the right thing to do-period. She hits hard on why.https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/06/30/opinion/stop-whitewashing-bloodstains-bcs-dirty-money-laundromat

      Politically speaking, it would tide the ndp through the criticism of the ‘school’ tax and anything else.

      Coleman has appeared and takes affront to all the criticism. What an arrogant idiot. http://theprovince.com/news/bc-politics/mike-smyth-i-am-not-soft-on-crime-coleman-insists-after-damning-casino-report/amp?__twitter_impression=true

  5. Evil Eye

    Here is the problem Eby faces if he calls an inquires into money laundering at BC Casinos as phase 2 of the money laundering “Vancouver Model” is investing laundered money into BC real estate.

    Real estate in Vancouver is finite and to increase the supply of housing for money launderers to further cleanse their filthy lucre is to densify. In simple terms, property must be rezoned to allow multi story high rises to create more units for sale per acre of land.

    The big driver to densify properties in Vancouver is building more SkyTrain light-metro as “the only reason to build SkyTrain was for land use purposes”. Translation, transit is built not to move people, but to move property.

    Now, the big supporters of the Broadway subway is Vision Vancouver and Gregor Robertson, which party and the mayor have intimate connections with land developers and land speculators, as well with some dubious Chinese types.

    Premier Horgan’s chief advisor is Geoff Meggs, a big supporter of SkyTrain and the Broadway subway and current plans to densify properties on Broadway, to allow high-rise condos!

    Now a memo on the Broadway subway. Current peak hour traffic flows along Broadway are under 4,000 pphpd and the North American standard for a subway is having traffic flows in excess of 15,000 pphpd. Thus, if built, the Broadway subway will be grossly underused compared to the massive investment of the 5.5 km line. Operating costs for the subway will add a further $40 million annually to Translink’s budget.

    Former Translink Planner, noted to be the best in his field, Tamin Radd was fired from TransLink at the behest of Vision Vancouver and mayor Robertson because he pointed to these numbers pertaining to the proposed subway and claiming there wasn’t the ridership necessary to build the thing.

    Here is the problem Eby faces: The BC Casino money laundering scandal may well reachch into the real estate field and be greatly embarrassing to both Vision Vancouver and Premier Horgan.

    In short a criminal inquiry into the Casino Money laundering affair will most likely snare Vision Vancouver and notably Geoff Meggs, the Premier’s advisor and the premier himself.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Not back forever. But cant NOT do what I can to ensure what I know is desperately needed and I have focused on for a decade.http://www.pacificfreepress.com/2012/06/20/opinion/graft-and-corruption-from-the-canadian-columbia.html

      It permeates everything. That was from 2012 and unrelated to gaming whatsoever. I have never had the time to sit and make a huge venn diagram on a wall showing connections but it would be shocking if we did.Money going into projects is unregulated too,on many levels. Think about that.

      Back to the current money laundering report. Former police officer and investigator Lorimer Shenher has a stark set of compelling questions posted on twitter someone sent onto me to post. I can access the link without a twitter account so you can too. https://mobile.twitter.com/ShenherLorimer/status/1013252616380284928

  6. In terms of fact finding, there is absolutely nothing in the German report that should not have been well known by the Attorneys General, Solicitors General, Finance Ministers, their deputies, and their subordinates. The report provides much information to the layperson citizenry, but there is nothing there that should surprise or inform government leadership responsible for gaming in this province. Walk through the report and look at the Part headers and subject matter. Nothing there that should surprise them.

    What is clear is that there was no leadership. No leadership to plan, organize and direct regulation of the industry to effectively prevent criminality or associated harmful social consequences that is. But was that due to sheer incompetence? Or by design?

    Could it be that there was in fact very effective leadership? But toward a different goal? A goal that wasn’t in the public interest?

    A public inquiry would tell us.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Agreed. Integrity BC is tweeting nonstop examples of donations etc linked to casino co’s. A good follow on twitter or facebook.

      Its funny how Coleman finds affront and says the ndp are making this political.

      It IS political. He was minister through much if it. Its amazing what comes out of his mouth.

  7. Ken Bisset

    This scandal stinks to high heaven. I don’t remember Rich Coleman hiding from the press ever or keeping his mouth shut during a political storm. He must be in this up to his neck! Have missed your blog Laila. Good to read you again!

  8. leo jansen

    a scandal is the timber west rezoning,it so happens Colemans brother was in management this deal stinks made lots dough for this u.s. company;;;;

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