The ‘enemy’ IS corruption. Period.* update below main blog

2019 came in like a lamb in comparison to the way it left, following the great storm of 2018…and recent storms have left most of us sodden if not downright flooded.

It’s not the stormy weather that brings me here though, even as I watch the dark day outside get darker. It’s a comment I saw online recently calling any Green party supporter the enemy. It was all in regards to the Nanaimo election, but it kind of shed a bit of light as to how extreme the rhetoric still is….and how misguided.

The ‘enemy’ is not limited to a political party…the ‘enemy’ of the people is corruption.

Period.

And that ‘enemy’ did not disappear just because the Liberals are in opposition. Why?

Because corruption doesn’t begin or end with a political party. The kind of corruption we have in BC-like Quebec- relies on a large and insidious network of people who make it possible. For all this money laundering and drug activity to occur at the level demonstrated by the likes of Sam Cooper, Sean Holman and others like Dermod Travis, people in high positions of influence had to be involved or informed. It could not occur without staff paid off to open doors, exchange goods or cash and turn a blind eye. It’s simply ludicrous to think that one or two or even a half dozen prosecutions would stop it or even make a dent. ( I remind you now of two recent cases that ended with charges stayed)

For every fall guy who takes a rap, there are an endless supply to take his place. This is a lucrative underground industry. And oddly enough in the midst of all these casino money laundering stories, the province expanded gaming with the BCLC approval of a new casino in Ladner…go figure, it’s another Gateway operation.

This is why I can’t fathom Horgans hesitance to call a public inquiry, as detailed in this excellent piece below.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thestar.com/amp/vancouver/2019/01/03/bc-premier-wont-rule-out-money-laundering-inquiry-but-prefers-prosecutions.html

And as has been pointed out here for nearly a decade, there is ample reason to expand an inquiry to the public sector and government. BC Lottery Corporation is a government institution. Gaming revenue in the province has been tainted by dirty blood money. A portion of gaming revenue goes to community and non profit grants. Nothing is left untouched by this…nothing.

Horgan is dead wrong about what the public wants. I believe every single family touched by the seemingly unstoppable flow of drugs and cash into BC wants one. I believe everyone who believes in justice wants one. And it will be the only way to get all the answers as to how and why it has been allowed to flourish.

To accept anything less than a full Charbonneau style inquiry in BC, is to become complicit in the very corruption we need to stamp out. In fact you might as well send out written invitations to every other crime syndicate….because that’s the message it sends

** a comment from Tyr in the discussion below hits exactly what I was trying to convey here, but in a far more concise manner. Adding it here so it does not get lost.

” You have replaced the driver of the bus with another driver. The direction of the bus and the stops it still doesn’t make, are the same.

Valid points of corruption are lost in the din of chastising a specific party and calling it out for actions that continue with the new regime. By the same yardstick, those valid points are lost when party affiliation is stronger than common sense.

The best route is to expose the facets of the system that foster corruption, greed, nepotism, and chicanery, and demand that they be changed. Some blame the police, some blame the govt, some blame the laws when in fact they are all intertwined and dependent on each other. The police may not be corrupt, however starving them of funds and resources to investigate what should be investigated results in the same issue, non investigation/prosecution.

Reducing corruption to political threads and bickering is in fact feeding the corruption by not exposing the problems and demanding action. In the past in some countries, major inquiries have changed processes for the better. There is however a few caveats that must be adhered to. You have to have a completely independent staffing of such an inquiry. It must be free of ethical paucity and mental infirmity. The inquiry must have the power to subpoena witnesses, documents, and evidence. It must have the power to find contempt. It must have the legislated power to enact regulations.

Time for the public to focus.”

119 Comments on “The ‘enemy’ IS corruption. Period.* update below main blog

  1. You have such a wonderful way with words.
    Corruption transends political party lines, and is getting worse.
    The only curb is imagination.

  2. Isn’t the root level enemy ignorance?

    If people are nformed they’ll call out corruption and refuse to support the corrupt.

    Then again, the corrupt control the information delivery systems that should be informing rhe ignorant about corruption . . . ack!

    • Even the informed, become accepting of corruption in the face of leaders who are unwilling to act with bold expediency.

      Too many say ” You can’t change or stop corruption” or ” Of course its corrupt, that’s how it is”.

      It’s the acceptance of it that enables it to grow as much as the denial it exists from those who benefit from it.

      Here in BC, some of us have been calling it out for years and years in the public sector.

      Great reporters are going hard on the money laundering casino aspect.

      But truth is….its all related. Just because it hasn’t been written about yet doesn’t mean people don’t know. I think if an inquiry is called, they’ll start cutting deals and spilling the beans.

      • if not any inquiry perhaps Stevie Cameron wants to come back to write another book and this one can be about Cocaine, Fent. money launder, politics and the media. She did do a really good job on On the Take, the Mulroney Years.

    • Don’t assume that, if informed, the public will “call out corruption and refuse to support the corruptL. There is a deep rooted complacency in this province.

  3. Laila, so great to read your words again and I agree! A Charbonneau inquiry is sorely needed. Will be most disapppointed if NDP do not get one going.

    • Hello Cynthia, thank you. Just popped in for a quick post between storms. Hope you are well and happy 🙂

  4. It will be quite interesting to see what comes from the Justice branch and Attorney General’s field of investigation regarding the Fred Pinnock and Peter German files this year. These may very well be the big kick off to something big i hope. Shit may hit the fan from many directions. I think it will be bad enough to make a few former BC Liberal leaders want to dive for cover without there being any cover to be had, and they will have a hell of a time against the storm. And as for Horgan, he had better do something like a corruption inquiry or suffer the ire of the people. And that ire i’m quite sure, will be overpowering. They are now hanging by a thread even if the NDP keeps the Naniamo seat, the thread is still fraying. Unfortunately. Horgan has to come up with something hard hitting because staying in power isn’t about handing out regular goodies.

  5. If you haven’t had a chance yet… Sign the Petition! — Hon. David Eby, Q.C. Attorney General: We support a #PublicInquiry into #MoneyLaundering in BC’s real estate economy. chng.it/VrJyJ9S5. #BCPoli #VanRE #OpioidCrisis #Fentanyl #DirtyMoney

    • Nice to see you Jack. I hate to say it but petitions are pretty useless. They get presented and sit on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. People sign because it’s easy but dont realize how little attention is paid to it by policy makers.

      What IS effective is calling your MLA, repeatedly. Registering emails. Asking for meetings. And never never never stop keeping the issue alive.

      This corruption costs all of us. And some their lives.

  6. I think it’s great that you have Coleman’s face at the top Laila. It goes so well with that story title under it. It’s perfect. It matches. You should have Mike de Jong, Suzanne Anton, and Christy Clark up there along side him. But i suppose there’s not enough room for the all bad ones that allowed so much harm to come this province.

  7. Can only hope David Eby makes some dents in clearing up the shit that ‘s ruined Vancouver’s economy.

    • …keep in mind Horgan asked Geoff Meggs to be his chief of staff….

      And this goes much much further than Vancouver.

  8. For five years I tried to expose an utterly corrupt real estate firm, went to BCSC every month with new evidence, and it was all ignored. The ultimate result is that the firm (League Assets) stole half a billion in investor dollars, and close to that in taxes and wages. They destroyed lives, and Anton did zip. They sought bankruptcy protection and got it, (a bloody travesty, but good for the lawyers!) for 117 Ponzi companies that they’d formed in just a few years. I found out the hard way that if you didn’t have cash to grease palms, and more cash to pay lawyers, you didn’t stay in business for long in lovely BC.

      • I’m sorry you went through this.

        *this* is not the kind of investment BC needs. We have become a mockery as a province because this has gone on so long. Truly most people are quite naive to this aspect.

    • It is a sad state of affairs when our courts and legal system defer to corruption.

      This means there is no rule of law and that of course leads to anarchy.

  9. I have been involved in regional transit issues in metro Vancouver since 1986.

    One politicians and two government bureaucrats have tried to sue me for libel, but failed, as the defense against libel, is truth.

    In the 1990 I was a regular on radio talk shows, talking about transit, until the Liberals had me banned, just like how they got Rafe Mair off of ‘NW radio, because they were afraid of the truth.

    I was a semi regular on the Rafe Mair program with his brief sojourn on CJOR, until the owner broke the contract and shut down the station.

    I certainly know what libel chill is, because mention my name in CBC circles and the program directors turn pale at the mention of my name.

    Post media (Vancouver Sun/Province) reporters are not allowed to talk to me or if they do clandestinely , cannot use me as a source.

    Several local transit blogs libel me constantly, but those who maintain the blogs, were not born until the mid 90’s and know little about the subject of public transport.

    When it comes to transit planning in Metro Vancouver, all three politcal parties, NDP, Liberal, and Greens, are utterly corrupt.

    The reason I say this, they all support building with SkyTrain and they support the proposed Broadway subway.

    Now in the real world, in North America, the traffic flows needed on a transit route to justify a subway is 15,000 pphpd (in Europe it is 20,000 because of modern LRT). The Broadway 99B Express bus, offers a peak hour capacity of 20 trips per hour (3 – min. headway’s) providing an maximum hourly capacity of 2,200 pphpd. Thus ridership demand on Broadway was about 13,800 pphpd short of what is needed for a subway.

    TransLink top two planners made the same observation and were fired at the behest of Vision Vancouver.

    Premier Horgans chief advisor, Geoff Meggs, a former Vision Vancouver Councillor and big supporter of the the Broadway subway.

    The Liberals built the Canada line, a faux PO-3 transit project, where SNC Lavalin, is the consortium leader, operating the P-3.

    The Canada Line is subsidized by over $110 million annually, or about 3 times more than comparative LRT projects. The Canada line has 40m long station platforms (half as long as the Expo & Millennium Lines) and can only operate 2 car trains and roughly has a little more than half the capacity of the E & M Lines. Currently the max. peak hour capacity of the Canada line is around 6,000 pphpd, or less than one half the traffic flows needed to justify subway construction.

    Judge Pittfield, presiding over the Susan Heyes lawsuit against TransLink (failed on appeal) said the bidding process for the Canada line was a “Charade”.

    Post media has never stated this in a news story, but prints TransLink news releases as if they were factual stories.

    The NDP flip flop on what is now called the Millennium Line, was so expensive, that the line had to be built in two sections, the Millennium Line and the Evergreen line. This meant any so called LRT/SkyTrain bidding process was a fraud and even TransLink’s business case for SkyTrain was easily shredded by real transit experts.

    During this time, only 7 SkyTrain type transit systems have been built and only 3 are seriously used for urban transportation and soon one of these, the TTC’s Scarborough line will be torn down because it is soon to be life expired. The other SkyTrain system used for urban transport, in Kuala Lumpor is now embroiled in a corruption case involving the former prime minister of Malaysia, SNC Lavalin and Bombardier.

    Bombardier is also embroiled in a lawsuit with their SkyTrain system in Korea.

    No new SkyTrain has been built in the past decade, yet all three levels of government are funding SkyTrain in metro Vancouver.

    What is not well known is that Bombardier Inc. own the technical patents for SkyTrain; SNC Lavalin hold the engineering patents for SkyTrain.

    Today, Vancouver remains the only city in the world, pursuing SkyTrain.

    No transit authority elsewhere has copied the Canada Line and internationally, it is considered a white elephant.

    The only thing the Canada line is successful at is contributing to SNC Lavalin’s bottom line!

    So, just by building with SkyTrain, the ugly tentacles entwine federal, provincial and civic governments and politicians; the planning bureaucracies are entangled in this web of deceit and deception. The mainstream media is in bed with the corrupt politcal parties and have failed in their duty in providing investigative reporting.

    I have seen this corruption fester for decades and now SkyTrain has become the driver for densification or the up-zoning of properties along SkyTrain routes, so high rise condos can be built by land developers buying assemble up-zoned properties, to sell to off shore money launders, to further cleanse their casino laundered money.

    Corruption, the entire enchilada is corrupt, flows from civic politicians right to federal MP’s and the public are powerless to do or change anything.

  10. Truthful insight into B.C.’s massive ‘corruption cover-up’ ~ thank you for the
    essential discourse Laila Yuile!!

    Where was ‘Our Serve and Protect’ for the duration??
    Top levels of ‘federal and provincial rcmp’ had to be aware and thereby complicit.

    There needs to be a full inquiry into this.
    We need grass roots leadership that is honest and non-self serving.

  11. Yet Laila, as you know of me, no one has yet produced a full copy of the 27 page letter George Peden wrote to Grace McCarthy in 1989, which detailed the infiltration of the underworld into the BC government.

    BC Mary dug up for me the public exposure of this letter recorded in the Hansard after the Assistant to the AG was fired for exposing it to the media, yet to one will release these details.

    Thirty full years later, after I was personally involved, 26 years after they killed Geroge Peden, no one can get a copy of this 17 page letter.

    Moe Sihota and all the rest of the gang know full well. The entire BC administration is complicit, from all three (four) major parties to all administration staff.

    A full dismantling is required.

  12. “Criminal syndicates that control chemical factories in China’s booming Guangdong province are shipping narcotics, including fentanyl, to Vancouver, washing the drug sales in British Columbia’s casinos and high-priced real estate, and transferring laundered funds back to Chinese factories to repeat this deadly trade cycle, a Global News investigation shows.”

    The epicenter (BC’s southwest) is a Venn Diagram with allegedly regulated casinos and the real estate industry the conduit making all of it possible. Rich Coleman terminated the whistleblower police officer and shut down oversight on the casinos. He should be criminally investigated. Instead he walks away with his gold-plated pension. Two high profile cases are stayed despite mountains of direct evidence. The rot goes all the way to the top. It feels a little like Mexico around here or an episode of The Wire.

  13. You have replaced the driver of the bus with another driver. The direction of the bus and the stops it still doesn’t make, are the same.

    Valid points of corruption are lost in the din of chastising a specific party and calling it out for actions that continue with the new regime. By the same yardstick, those valid points are lost when party affiliation is stronger than common sense.

    The best route is to expose the facets of the system that foster corruption, greed, nepotism, and chicanery, and demand that they be changed. Some blame the police, some blame the govt, some blame the laws when in fact they are all intertwined and dependent on each other. The police may not be corrupt, however starving them of funds and resources to investigate what should be investigated results in the same issue, non investigation/prosecution.

    Reducing corruption to political threads and bickering is in fact feeding the corruption by not exposing the problems and demanding action. In the past in some countries, major inquiries have changed processes for the better. There is however a few caveats that must be adhered to. You have to have a completely independent staffing of such an inquiry. It must be free of ethical paucity and mental infirmity. The inquiry must have the power to subpoena witnesses, documents, and evidence. It must have the power to find contempt. It must have the legislated power to enact regulations.

    Time for the public to focus.

    • Excellent comment. This is exactly what I was trying to convey, but you say it so much better than I.

      So much so I am going to add it to the main post.

  14. Dear Laila, Congratulations from Australia. It is quite easy, in fact too easy, to parallel everything that you have said to Australia and other parts of the world. I have prepared a 5 page overview entitled AUTHORITIES NOT DOING THEIR JOBS! Abuse is rampant. Systems are broken. It provides specific links to details of 14 horror stories involving fraud, money laundering and the international student community! Plausible deniability can no longer be a tactic. I would be most happy to share these perspectives with you!

    • Hello Robert. I’m certain you are correct in that corruption exists in many different ways in many different places. Thanks for the offer to share, but my focus is specifically BC.I encourage you to carry on your work overseas though and wish you the best in your efforts.

      • Hi Laila,

        Excellent article! Robert Palmer and I are the founders of EndAbuse.online and work closely together on a series of other projects. I have been travelling so am just catching up on your correspondence. I live in Victoria, BC and have been intensely engaged over the past five years in investigating, being shocked, trying to shine a spotlight and only discovering that the issue is bigger, more serious and more deadly than I originally even thought.

        I would like to discuss with you further what I have personally learned about corruption happening here. It has not yet been investigated by journalists and I believe this is where the power lies to make positive change and protect what we hold dear in this province. Notably, our issues are entwined with what has been happening in Australia so that David Eby found out about “the Vancouver model” by FOI on Australian documentation.

        I look forward to hearing from you.

        • Ah yes, ironically in 2012, I blogged about how even back then, Australian authorities had made mention of the Sidewinder report conveniently debunked by Canadian authorities…except Australia gave the report credence based on their experience.

          Sadly,although widely read at the times it was largely forgotten.

          https://lailayuile.com/2012/04/12/playing-with-the-dragon-who-is-looking-after-canadian-interests-while-china-outwits-our-governments/

          Because I am no longer actively blogging-this is a rather infrequent post, but an important issue to me personally-I would suggest you get in touch with Sam Cooper who has been intensely, extensively investigating and breaking these stories. The more ammunition he can bring forward to pressure Horgan to do the right thing, the better.

        • Thank you for your reply and the link to your excellent article. I will write Sam Cooper and hopefully have him continue to shine a spotlight on the corruption in BC and beyond.

        • He has been a driving force on the current issues coming to light, in much, due to his work along with Ian Young,Kathy Thomlinson and others. If he can’t help you due to ongoing work on other stories he may know who can.

  15. Ugh…if we put the resources we pour into terrorism into protecting kids…we’d have a different world.

  16. With you on this issue 100%. From my vantage point, down here in the street, it was clear what was going on and what was going on was very, very wrong. Incomprehensible it was permitted, even encouraged, to go on so long. Never underestimate the power of greed.

    • Yes. And those who wish to speak will not unless under the protection of an inquiry, as outlined in the comment I posted to the main blog.

  17. John Horgan needs to get a public enquiry to “the point of no return” well before the next election, which could come before he is ready for it.

    For some reason, he does not have the will to act on the peoples wishes.

    I was really hoping Sonia Furstenau would have taken the lead on pushing the issue.

    Crickets.

    • Hi Tim. I agree. His big reason for not, I am told, is not because he prefers prosecutions….it’s because of $$$.

      If he commits to an inquiry, done as outlined by the commenter Tyr, it will use funds earmarked for election goodies & promises down the road. He knows full well he has lost support within his party and hes got to buy as many votes as he can to get a majority without the Greens.

      Everyone is already watching how he and his caucus respond to Unistoten.The Ndp supported Unistoten in the past and rightfully so. Now that rcmp have arrived in droves, also crickets.

      But he underestimates the growing unease among many who cannot fathom his hesitance.

      The German report is not without criticism as well as we know now. The report on real estate will likely be the same. There is no fault finding. There is no consequence and there is no way this activity is going to stop unless it’s all laid out with a bright light to shine into dark recesses.

      He must call an inquiry and as Tyr states:

      ” In the past in some countries, major inquiries have changed processes for the better. There is however a few caveats that must be adhered to.
      You have to have a completely independent staffing of such an inquiry. It must be free of ethical paucity and mental infirmity.

      The inquiry must have the power to subpoena witnesses, documents, and evidence. It must have the power to find contempt. It must have the legislated power to enact regulations.”

  18. Horgan wants “prosecutions” and what better way to achieve that than a full blown public inquiry with subpoena and prosecutorial powers?

    Money shouldn’t matter. Has he forgotten BC has proceeds of crime and forfeiture laws at his disposal? A couple of Point Grey, Shaughnessy or Richmond properties, a few Lamborghinis and he’d be able to refill the money pit, without risk to taxpayers.

    Speaking of Point Grey, here’s a novel idea; Christy Clark, always the champion of the working people of BC, could use her power at Bennett Jones to secure a few million in pro bono work on the file.

    Bennett Jones, with “400 layers and advisors” and a blog published today titled “Fraud and Knowing Assistance.”
    https://www.bennettjones.com/en/Blogs-Section/Fraud-and-Knowing-Assistance-Between-the-Innocents
    Bada bing, bada boom, easy peasy, Bob’s yer uncle

    • ahahahahaahahaha.
      GOOD one Tim !

      But back to the subject at hand.
      Excellent topic Laila.

      And “judging” from the rapid number of responses…..LOTS of people agree with you..
      My prediction?
      There wont be an inquiry until Eby is Premier…….

  19. There was nothing in the German report that properly functioning Attorney General and Solicitor General and Public Safety ministries shouldn’t have been well aware of. Nothing.

    The fact that David Eby couldn’t call in the deputy ministers responsible and ask for an accurate report detailing the extent of organized criminal activity in British Columbia, including but not limited to money laundering was troubling enough.

    Then, a major prosecution involving money laundering collapsed with no heads up to Mr. Eby, who as BC’s Attorney General was counting on a successful prosecution as a sign to citizens that things were in hand and a public inquiry was unnecessary. At the same time we learned that he was kept in the dark about an RCMP investigation and report into money laundering when they well knew he had very publicly hired someone to look into the matter.

    The spectacle whereby the Attorney General of British Columbia was publicly embarrassed in this manner, including being forced to beg for a copy of the RCMP report into what he has described as a crisis, should alarm all of us. Why did it happen?

    It could be systemic incompetence. It could also be that the RCMP has good reason to distrust the provincial law enforcement bureaucracy. The bureaucracy where Mr. Eby gets his advice. And the same bureaucracy that has much to fear from a public inquiry.

    It’s getting very close to the time Mr. Eby will be judged to be part of the problem, not the solution. He needs to provide more than theatre, and so will not dig himself out of this with any number of reports by Mr. German. Since the problem has festered under the tenure of the bureaucrats he leads, he makes a serious error by looking there for help.

    I hope he has France Charbonneau’s phone number.

    • I personally think Eby is being isolated by former Vision Vancouver Councillor Geoff Meggs, who is Horgan’s chief advisor.

      Eby will be toast in the next election as the new NDP taxes on expensive homes and the Broadway subway will sink him.

      Meggs needs the subway and all the money that it will bring to the political circus for his next run in provincial/federal politics.

      This is the Vancouver Model for money laundering.

      Build a Broadway subway to act as a driver to increase property values (on paper) so land speculators can assemble properties to sell to land developers, who will build high rise condos, so expensive only off shore investors will buy, which many are merely further laundering monies, already laundered at BC Casinos.

      Vision Vancouver’s sole purpose was to create a modern day land rush for Vancouver, so off shore money launderers would find a safe haven.

      The bicycle lanes were merely a distraction for the MSN, to ensure they ignored the far bigger story.

      • yes, I’d have to agree about Meggs. When I heard Horgan had hired him as an “advisor” it was worrying. Meggs was on council when all that money was being laundered through the Vancouver real estate market. A new council entered and already changes are being made to make Vancouver more affordable. My opinion was always Robertson and Meggs did nothing while Vancouver when to rot and some how they or theirs’ benefited. Robertson always liked to portray himself as “green”. The only “green” he supported, in my opinion, was the ‘green’ flowing through Vancouver real estate and high end luxury product shops.

  20. Let us harken back over 20 years ago, when a cool $1 million was found in a gym bag, in a garbage can at Clinton Park, by an off duty VPD officer.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/finders-keepers-pays-off-for-vancouver-cop-1.184805

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/millionaire-officers-charge-to-be-heard/article18243534/

    The preceding links tells the story, but here is the kicker.

    A now retired senior officer with the VPD, told me at a sporting event, which we both participated in, after I asked him about the Clinton Park Affair, that the money was “bribe money” they could not link the cash to any politician and orders came down to call it drug money so the VPD/CoV could seize the money.

    There were several BC style mega projects happening at the same time the cash was found.

    He also said; “We sorta had a good idea who was receiving the money, but could never connect the dots, for the crown to make the case”.

    Conversation changed to the state of the weather immediately after that.

    The MSN always called the money drug money, yet no connection was ever found (drug dealers I know, would never leave a gym bag with a $1 million in a garbage can!), yet refused to entertain the notion that the money was for a politcal or a bureaucratic bribe.

    As well the story has been’ washed from the internet’ with only 3 links on google. One from the BBC, one from the CBC, and one from the Globe and Mail. None from Sun, Province, ‘NW or any of the local TV stations.

    Some one once us to forget. What suitcase; what million dollars; what is a Clinton park?

      • Great comments guys. Lew, you always bring such well written commentary that supplies context and history for those who haven’t followed as long as we have back to the Basi Virk trial. Same with you Donald. 👌🏻

        I think they have blinders on right now to be honest.

        • Yes, absolutely, Laila.
          The posts by Lew and Donald are top notch and while the usual suspects are fully aware of what is said, the complacent public isn’t. For this reason I will be circulating these comments to all who would take the time to read them.

          As someone up the page said, rapid hits to this topic, are encouraging. Keep it coming, Laila, Lew, Donald.

          To all you bureaucrats who know but won’t tell, shame on you.

        • And people often wonder why more people don’t come forward?

          ” A massive RCMP investigation of alleged underground bankers in Richmond, B.C., estimated to be laundering over $1-billion per year, collapsed in November because federal prosecutors mistakenly exposed the identity of a police informant who they feared could have been killed if the case proceeded,..”

          https://www.google.com/amp/s/globalnews.ca/news/4816822/exclusive-epirate-crown-exposing-police-informant-killed-b-c-money-laundering-probe/amp/

          As a very creepy person once tweeted to me before I left twitter, ” Snitches get stitches.” …or worse, they end up dead.

          Federal prosecutors ‘mistakenly’ revealed the identity of a police informant. I certainly hope those prosecutors are no longer working for the feds, as that is one helluva mistake to make that blew this case.

          I recall a documentary I saw once on the mafia in New York.Their network, as we all know now, included police on the take, lawyers,politicians,and even ambulance drivers in one instance were used to move drugs from the dock because emergency vehicles were never searched or examined.
          With the extent of the drugs,cash and guns coming into BC,its not a leap to surmise similar networks exist here.

        • There is a 2017 TV series, titled Bad Blood, available now on Netflix. It is based on the Montreal Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto and family. It is pretty realistic and includes the involvement of the Charbonneau Commission. The first season is worth a watch.

          With a speculated 1 BILLION per year laundered in BC, it is very difficult for me to believe the Federal Prosecution “mistakenly” blew the cover on a CI.

        • Good for Sam Cooper for writing about it. The whole fentanyl/casino/money laundering/real estate corruption dumpster fire needs to be put out asap.

        • Not just that Hugh.

          The inquiry MUST get into bidding and procurement in public projects, among other issues. It’s not ‘sexy’corrupton like money laundering, but its corruption nonetheless. Bid rigging and influence peddling are still crimes. And they cost us dearly..this is part of why Quebec infrastructure was so shoddy. Seen how much repair work has been done on the sea to sky lately?

          Ask how that all happened.

    • omg, I remember that. haven’t heard about it in a couple of decades, but yes I remember when it happened. Have to agree with you, drug dealers don’t usually leave large amounts of money laying around like that, but bribe money, yes, leaving it in a lane for city officials is a things which has happened, allegedly.

  21. There was a secret witness in the BC Rail trial so important to the prosecution that the special prosecutor informed the court the prosecution would not proceed unless the identity of the witness was kept secret. The issue was taken all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and the prosecution won; the testimony of that witness was withheld from the public, the media, and the defence in order to keep his or her identity secret. This would not happen merely because being identified would cause embarrassment to that witness.

    Now (excuse me while I adjust my tin-foil hat), at about the same time a realtor in Victoria was murdered in a targeted hit. The case remains unsolved.

    That realtor had connections to people involved in drugs, money laundering, real estate and the BC Rail affair, including at least one who was on the list of those who would possibly be called to testify at the Basi/Virk trial. She told her father twice before she was murdered that she was scared because she had seen something she shouldn’t have, but wouldn’t reveal what it was. Remember, the raid on the legislature that led eventually to the BC Rail trial was conducted because of evidence gathered in an investigation into drugs and money laundering, and Basi’s bribers in the separate ALR matters were hit with a $200,000 fine.

    Until her killers are caught and brought to justice, I am going to wear my tin-foil chapeau from time to time, not just because there are so many unanswered questions, but because the people who should be asking those questions aren’t. I have no idea who killed her or why, and make no accusations about specific individuals, except to say that there are some very interesting connections and somebody went to great lengths to have her professionally murdered. Unless the Attorney General can say who killed Lindsay Buziak, he can’t say who didn’t.

    https://lindsaybuziakmurder.com/timeline-of-project-everywhichway-bc-rail-scandal/

    • Can’t say I havent thought the same thing Lew. A lot of effort went into shutting down that trial and an equal amount of effort was put into mocking or belittling those who wouldn’t let it go. As much effort has gone into discrediting anyone who gets too close.

      A corruption inquiry certainly could rectify that.

      • I’ve been meaning to give a shout out to Brad West too,mayor of PoCo. It’s nice to finally have a public figure listening to all the calls and championing it.

        Too bad Horgan doesn’t seem to have the fire in belly Brad West does.

    • Interesting, there is another blog which asks the same question from time to time, Gangsters Out, by Dennis Watson.

      Ms. Buziak was murdered. Some one knows something and no one is talking. Of course some times no matter how large the reward, no one will talk, we don’t have to look any further than the murder in Toronto of the Shermans and the $10M reward their children have put up to try to find the murderers.

  22. It’s also interesting to recall that while the Liberals were in power and the money laundering investigations were digging deep…., the PROVINCIAL RCMP contract was coming up for renewal and Coleman and several others were publicly musing about perhaps NOT RENEWING the 20 year contract (who signs 20 YEAR contracts?)and creating a BC Provincial Police force again…

    It would be interesting to see if both the contract renewal and the shutting down of the money laundering investigation were …..coincidentally connected?

  23. Just more of the same, right?
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-casinos-money-laundering-foi-report-1.4972063
    A takeaway from this is the indication that Peter German wasn’t very thorough.

    “Peter German…guessed the amount of suspicious cash laundered through B.C. casinos “exceeded $100 million over approximately seven years.”

    “Now, previously secret internal reports…show the dollar figure is at least seven times higher: more than $700 million between 2010 and 2017.”

    How can we ever expect anyone with information to come forward, when people get fired for doing the right thing.

    Mr. Eby, get on with it or, as Bruce Allen says, you’ll be “one and done.”

  24. Oh well just look for full interview by Global with ex RCMP head Fred Pinnock on money laundering in BC. That interview is the Full Monty if anyone is interested.

  25. Happy New Year! Good to see you have an article up. Just came to advise, I was checking through B.C. blogs and saw Gangsters Out, by Dennis Watson had posted an article yesterday advising one of the “players’ in the investigation into cocaine trafficking,, which led to the raids, was in court 9 January 2019 and will be back 25 Jan. for “an application”. don’t know what it means, but if that investigation started in 2002, the raid happened 2003, and the guy shows up in court 2019, that’s a tad long. The post by Watson refers readers to a 2007 article by Neal Hall regarding what happened to some of the players in the drug case. You have to wonder, here we are all those years later, what was going on that it took so long and I wonder if they will simply give the guy a pass because he didn’t come to trial in a timely manner.

    of course finding your article up, when I came to convey this information is a bit of a laugh, coincidence given RossK at The Pacific Gazetter had an article up at the end of Dec. 2018 about B.C. Rail.

    perhaps an inquiry is really, really necessary if just so us who followed all of this will get some ending.

    Now its time to go ready your article.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERY ONE!

  26. Read the article and yes, we need an inquiry. As to who will run it, it has to be some one from outside of B.C. and all staff on it have to be outside of B.C. No one in B.C. can be on it because most of us, have in one way or another been touched by it”. The profits went to charities and non profit organizations, helped build fire halls, etc. That money is tainted and those organizations benefited from what I would refer to as organized crime, because it sure as hell was organized in my opinion. It ran like a smooth set of ball bearings. of course Coleman thinks its funny. He and his and a whole lot of other people have gotten away with it all to this point.

    if we do not hold an inquiry, this will repeat itself. We have been informed by various individuals this may have laundered a billion dollars thorough our economy, which had a huge impact on real estate and luxury goods and most likely banking organizations, lawyers, etc. Houses, developments were financed and built, everyone benefited one way or another, willingly or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowlngly. It would not be unreasonable to conclude B.C. is hooked on dirty drug money.

    We need no more than look at grafts and time lines where it outlines when the fent. epidemic became a roaring beast in this province and how it spread across Canada.

    No one will ever get me to believe the politicians of the day did not know this was going on. Too much money was being laundered. People knew about the hockey bags of cash and the police and government did nothing and the media was complicit because they didn’t give it much press until the B.C. Lieberals were out of government. Today many of the alleged “players” in the game still hold political office, etc.

    Time to clean house and that requires an INQUIRY.

  27. Eloquent comment e.a.f., echoing what Laila and others, have been preaching for the last decade. I remember suggesting, almost a decade ago, that BC was being shortchanged by not having the ‘honour’ of being named the Most Corrupt Province in Canada. Yes, we were even ahead of Quebec, who at least sentenced a number of perps to jail time. Has anything changed? Not a bit, except they’ve got bolder, more sophisticated and away with it.
    I’m sure there are a great many that agree with you, but to what avail? We changed government in hopes that would clear things up – remember the NDP’s promise to hold an inquiry over BC Rail? Nothing, nada, zip! Colour me a bit disillusioned!

    • you may be disillusioned, but having the B.C. Lieberals back is going to be a whole lot worse. At least with the NDP we’re getting some more schools, hospitals, and health clinics.

      It maybe Eby is not able to hold an inquiry for some reason, so his reports are the best he can do. It is up to the citizens to ensure we have this enquiry. The Greens don’t seem to be pushing any of this either, because in my opinion, this is the best they can get right now, some coverage and acknowledgement of their existence.

      We as citizens can write petitions, letters to our MLAs, etc. Some of those bright lights who worked so hard against the HST and changing the voting system might want to take it on, but it is doubtful. They like most have more pressing things to do which will not impact how they make money or get on the wrong side of things.

      Just think they may well have laundered a BILLION DOLLARS through our economy. That is a lot of money, no matter how you count it

      • Happy New Year EAF, I hope you are well and winter is treating you well.

        Unfortunately,the NDP is counting on people that say ” ..having the Libs back in power is a whole lot worse…” to support them regardless of an inquiry or not. Ndp core supporters, despite all the whining, are still willing to overlook the lack of inquiry much like they overlooked the approval of site c and the reversal and doubling down of Christy Clark’s Lng dream.

        What the ndp did not ‘get’prior to the last election is how disinterested the vast majority of non political voters were in them. They couldnt win a majority government then and even after the good things they have announced, I highly doubt they could win one in any new election. They will never convert Liberal voters. Never. They have lost many of their enviro supporters. So the only vote they can get is those undecideds.

        This is a huge issue and the public wants their ounce of flesh.After years of hearing the NDP in opposition, they expect action, not stupid memes. The ndp can talk all they want about the complicity of the Liberals in this money laundering mess but until they actually call an inquiry they are blowing smoke.

        The highly informed comments being left here, some by those who have been in law enforcement and government, should act as a guide for all who agree this corruption must go. And an inquiry run as indicated in the main blog, is the only way to do it.

  28. Money for a public inquiry can be used out of the BCLC Casino money. So Horgan’s argument about an Inquiry being to costly is right out of the garbage bin. The money would be like cashing in some empty’s to that monster. Wouldn’t that be bitter medicine for that entity’s participation in the money laundering malfeasance that hurt droves of British Columbians.

    • The money from BCLC what a hoot, loved the idea, of course all those charities who receive money from the bclc will be a tad miffed but such is life, first we need the inquiry.

      • Those charities are using revenue in part thats come from money laundering drug money. Let’s not forget that. Its appalling how this is all tainted.

        • You are right on the money Laila. Hope your feeling better. There’s no need to over do yourself because you can only do so much, and you do way more than enough. But i suppose it come’s with the territory of your devotion and work trying to hold’em to account. A big part being the dirtbags and the timid whom we pay to do right by us, but just stab us in the back and allow society to slide away into the dark.

      • An inquiry should also include a couple of former BCLC CEO’s and high officials going on the hot plate and of course courageous whistle blower’s always help hugely, weather it’s from government, the BCLC, the RCMP, or even from people whom work right in the casino’s. I would think Peter German should have to convince us that he is innocent of a bad conflict of interest, because as it looks now there needs to be some more serious explanation’s there.

  29. If an inquiry is not held then one question could be asked. What is John Horgan and company afraid of. The cost would not be a valid answer.

    • New short post coming,sometime this evening before bed, unless I fall asleep first ( Putting my health and self care needs first now is a MUST)

  30. You are SO right! Look after yourself first. Where would we be without you? Lost in the wilderness is where.
    So many stories to tell: Daryl Plecas update, state of Old Fort landslide, Why are there no updates on BC’s largest (okay, Canada’s) most foolish venture, Site C and why hasn’t anyone dissected ‘Canada’s largest public sector project’, LNG? Forty billion $ my arse! It might qualify as South Korea’s ‘largest public sector project’ – the supply and construction of a twenty billion (?) plant appended to a $6 billion pipeline somewhere in the outback of North America, from which they will GIVE us unlimited supplies of natural gas. That doesn’t even touch on the myriad other government sponsored peccadillos.
    Thanks for being here, and for all you do!

    • Hug John 🙂 I did go to bed early as usual now. I used to be able to work late into the night but not now. Anyways, no thanks because I just so rarely have time to blog now but I did get the new post up now. Go read.

      • It is best you make your health your priority. Your family needs you to be healthy. Putting your health first, will benefit you! Getting sleep is a big priority. Not enough sleep is always a road to poor health. Keep looking after yourself,

        Take care of yourself. Living on the Island always improves your health, but you still need to sleep to fully maintain your health. having been one of those people who didn’t get enough sleep for a decade, it led to poor health and sometimes you never get it back. SO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

    • The Alaska Highway News has some items, from time to time about Old Fort and Site C. you can get on their mailing list.

  31. These last couple of articles you posted, along with RossK’s at The Pacific Gazetteer and all the comments from others, along with the referances to other articles certainly led a long walk through memory lane. Now if we just had some one doing a paper on crime in B.C. who could put it all together, like a student doing a thesis. I’d love to, but am just too old and tired.

  32. This just in.
    Experts including one from Charbonneau, contradict Eby and say YES, an inquiry can be started right away

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4780016/bc-public-inquiry-money-laundering/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    ” Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission has served as an example for those calling for an inquiry into money laundering.

    That commission spent four years looking into “collusion and corruption in the awarding and management of public contracts” in Quebec’s construction industry; it also looked at “any links to the financing of political parties.”

    The inquiry found that corruption was more “deeply rooted” than investigators thought.

    Engineering firms had colluded with companies to support political candidates so that they could obtain public contracts after elections, the inquiry found. Videos played at the inquiry showed alleged Mafiosi stuffing money into their socks.

    Charbonneau Commission deputy chief prosecutor Simon Tremblay offered a firm “yes” when asked whether B.C. should hold an inquiry into money laundering.

    The purpose of an inquiry, he explained, “is to understand the schemes, to understand what happened, where are the holes in the laws.”

    And such an inquiry, Tremblay said, could exist side-by-side with any other investigation in B.C.

    When the Charbonneau Commission began, “the first month was experts testifying about how organized crime works,” Tremblay explained.

    As the inquiry moved forward, the commission worked alongside the police. Eventually a provincial body that investigates corruption arrested 37 people including former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt.

    The former mayor was sentenced to six years in prison for fraud, conspiracy and breach of trust. He was ordered to pay $9 million to the city as part of his sentence.

    Spend $35 million, make $95 million

    The City of Laval, where Tremblay now works as head of the legal department, ultimately recovered over $40 million in funds associated with the awarding of contracts, he said.

    That alone was more than the $35 million that was earmarked to hold the inquiry in the first place — deals were reached to repay as much as $95 million across Quebec.

    And even that likely doesn’t capture the full breadth of what was recovered, Tremblay said.

    “It’s huge money that we save,” he said. “And also, all the processes in place now are much better so, for me, it’s a huge investment.”

    3 experts vs
    1 Attorney General

    Who in this government is holding Eby back? And why exactly are you so hesitant?

    • I’m getting the feeling that more positive sounds are coming from Eby about the possibility of an inquiry. Your right, the push has to come from the people. It’s our democracy. We employ them. But they have to be reminded of that constantly. Unfortunately. Otherwise they just fly off above us and don’t come down off their clouds unless we make them. They’re just stupid brain dead tone deaf so much once they get control.

  33. I just finding it strange or whatever way one wants to see it, but it’s always total focus on River Rock, when there’s all these other casinos here. It’s as if they are outside the story book of bad. I realize River Rock is the main central player, but it kind of irks me that the news and reporting is all about this place. Are the others immune and such goodies or has the focus in reporting become just that, where tunnel vision has set in.

    • One wonders how much of that dirty money filtered through the casinos actually ended up in government coffers. Did the gangsters recoup all of their ill gotten gains? Or did a portion get sucked off as per ‘normal gambler’s’ “investments”?

      • I think hordes of dirty money ended up in government coffers. Now we just wait until Mr. Horgan and Mr. Eby come through with an inquiry. The pressure is to great and they have zero grounds to say no. I think they’ll royally screw themselves if they don’t. An inquiry could have been in play already if Horgan’s indecisiveness wasn’t so terrible. We,ll see if a true leader shines through or not.

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