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.
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.
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.”