Liberal leadership candidates, especially Mike de Jong and Christy Clark, do not see evidence or indicators of wrongdoing in the sale of BC Rail and they are untroubled by bribery and corruption involving government political staff and the Agricultural Land Commission. Therefore, a full inquiry would be too expensive, take too much time and be too distracting.
“The memo purports that Kinsella was working directly with Campbell, Martyn Brown and David MacLean at CN on the BC Rail sale. That tight group also happened to be the chief fundraiser, chief strategist, campaign manager and Leader of the BC Liberal Party in both 1996 and 2001.”
Along with colleagues Falcon and Abbot, de Jong and other BC Liberals are the crew charged with administering justice, law enforcement and gambling in British Columbia. Therefore, none of us should be surprised by stories like this:
“Millions of dollars flowed through two B.C. casinos in the spring and summer of 2010 in what the RCMP believes may have been a sophisticated scheme to launder money from the drug trade . . .”
“This government has a gambling addiction second to none — it cannot stay away from the blackjack tables and slot machines because it desperately needs the money just to pay off its bad debts — B.C.’s massive $1.8 billion deficit.
“Preach abstinence, bet the house?
“When it comes to gambling, Premier Gordon Campbell neither knows his limit nor plays within it — he needs to apply for “problem gambler” status so he’ll be banned at the casino doors.”
“. . . Excluding the lucrative narcotics market, British Columbia is recognized as a centre for the manufacture of counterfeit currency and credit cards, multi-level marketing and pyramid schemes, prostitution, illegal gaming, with its associated crimes of loan sharking to robbery, and numerous other signature offences of organized crime. . . “
“. . . the B.C. Lottery Corp. has been under-reporting suspected money laundering at the province’s casinos for years.
“Documents show casino workers routinely observe dozens of suspicious financial transactions each year, but only a fraction are reported to the federal agency that tracks money laundering.”
“Before it was disbanded last year, the RCMP’s Integrated Illegal Gaming Enforcement Team (IIGET) gave a number of warnings about the presence of organized crime at casinos in the Province. Now, as Vancouver prepares for public hearings on the BC Place casino – set to be the province’s largest – the now-defunct unit’s warnings are spurring questions about a potential rise in criminal activity and the ability of police to cope. . .”
“. . . Add it all up, and you can’t help but see British Columbia for what it is — a key hub in the world of international organized crime. For all its natural beauty and its Birkenstock reputation, police now put Vancouver on par with New York and Los Angeles when they talk of cities in the grip of criminal syndicates. By some estimates, criminal activity amounts to roughly seven per cent of the province’s total economy. . .”