Cullen Commission Heats up as testimony puts former BC Liberal minister Rich Coleman right into the spotlight.
A former British Columbia RCMP officer testified he was informed in 2009 that Rich Coleman, then-minister responsible for gaming, was “largely responsible” for rampant money laundering related to organized crime in the province’s casinos, and that senior B.C. Mounties were complicit, an inquiry has heard.
Fred Pinnock, former commander of B.C.’s anti-illegal gaming unit, described to the Cullen Commission on Thursday his recollection of allegations that he said then-solicitor general Kash Heed made against Coleman during a private meeting in 2009.
Pinnock recalled the meeting took place over lunch in Victoria.
“I told him I am convinced that Rich Coleman knows what’s going on inside those casinos,” Pinnock recalled. “And Kash Heed confirmed my perception that I was accurate in my belief, and he did feel that Rich Coleman had created this.
“He said to me, in effect, ‘That is what is going on, Fred. But I can’t say that publicly. You know, it’s all about the money.’”
And, according to Pinnock, Heed claimed that Coleman “received the tacit support” of senior B.C. Mounties…. read more at https://globalnews.ca/news/7444953/rich-coleman-fred-pinnock-cullen-commission/
What was shocking testimony to many in the Cullen Commission yesterday, was of no surprise to long time readers here, and many more following #bcpoli online. I’ve been calling for a Charbonneau style corruption inquiry here on this blog for years,documenting, writing and following this and other bits of government malfeasance. It is my belief, based on stories I have investigated and written over many years, that an extensive network in government, in law enforcement and justice exists just to be able to support this level of corruption.
In fact, its still bizarre that something this wrong was known back in 2009 and earlier, and yet was not largely picked up and hounded on by the media at the time by anyone but Sean Holman, whose work on this provides valuable insight and perhaps evidence. But to make it easier for those of you who are not familiar with the history on record here, and because there is so much material that is relevant, I’m going to round up some essential reading and videos to watch for you, as the Cullen Commission testimony continues.
Please read these links in the order listed, as they contain a chronological history of many reports and videos that the public has largely not seen or read.
April 2016 : A Little Perspective of the BC Liberals Money Laundering announcement ~ https://lailayuile.com/2016/04/11/a-little-perspective-on-todays-bc-liberal-money-laundering-announcement/
- Link to the 2009 IIGET report warning govt of organized crimes reach into gaming, link to story of govt disbanding that unit months later
June 27, 2018: Money and Corruption Are Ruining the Land, part 2 ~ https://lailayuile.com/2018/06/27/money-and-corruption-are-ruining-the-land-2/
- Link to Peter German report, Video of Rich Coleman interview by Sean Holman, minute by minute assessment of Coleman’s answers, links to reports of the time
June 29, 2018: Why Eby Must Call a Public Inquiry and Why the Media Must Not Let it Slide: https://lailayuile.com/2018/06/29/why-eby-must-call-a-public-inquiry-and-why-you-the-media-must-not-let-this-slide/
- Compelling argument of tweets from former crown prosecutor Sandy Garossino, other items and her article warning not to whitewash the blood stains from this money laundering.
2019: The Coleman FIles: https://lailayuile.com/2019/02/05/the-coleman-files/
- a chronological list and comparisons of different statements given by Rich Coleman, on video interviews done by Sean Holman, regarding the IIGET, its role and how/why it was disbanded. Contradictions are noted. Links to articles in which he disputes assertions of his own past statements.
January 2020: CONFIDENTIAL RCMP REPORT REVEALS CHILLING DETAILS…AND PUTS EVEN MORE FOCUS ON RICH COLEMANS DECISION TO DISBAND THE IIGET https://lailayuile.com/2020/01/15/confidential-rcmp-report-reveals-chilling-details-and-puts-even-more-focus-on-rich-colemans-decision-to-disband-the-iiget/
Considering all that exists on the record, Rich seems quite cocky if not jovial today, in his statement to Mike Hage…