Journalism

Crime on the streets and in the suites

Crime and delinquency are “found” among the poor because that is where they are sought.

 

Canadian governments spend more than $20 billion a year on criminal justice. Little of that money is aimed at white collar crime. That won’t surprise people who believe the system is designed by elites to favour the rich and punish the poor.

Even before the Stephen Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda, founders of Democracy Watch wrote an Op-Ed in the Toronto Star:

In this War on Crime, however, one category of criminal is almost completely ignored: the “white-collar” corporate criminal. Even defining corporate violence and theft as crimes is considered mild heresy by many people.

While Statistics Canada issues detailed yearly updates on crime in the streets, few details are available on crime in the suites. The results of the few studies that have been completed, however, are shocking…

Yet, despite the enormous toll of corporate crime on our lives and livelihoods, white collar criminals are treated very differently than street criminals…

Justice and the Poor, a paper published by National Council of Welfare, quotes from About Canada: Corporate Crime by Laureen Snider:

Although corporate crime receives much less publicity than the assaults, thefts, and rapes most people think of when they hear the word “crime,” it actually does more harm, costs more money, and ruins more lives than any of these.

Corporate crime is a major killer, causing more deaths in a month than all the mass murderers combined do in a decade. Canadians are killed on the job by unsafe (and illegal) working conditions; injured by dangerous products offered for sale before their safety is demonstrated; incapacitated by industrial wastes released into the air or dumped into lakes and rivers; and robbed by illegal conspiracies that raise prices and eliminate consumer choice…

Canadians are twenty-eight times more likely to be injured at work than by assault… People are 10 times more likely to be killed by conditions at their workplace than to be victims of homicide…

Corporate crime also causes staggering losses in financial terms…

Today, knowledge of and attitudes toward white collar crime remain unchanged. It may be no coincidence that mass media is another institution controlled by Canada’s elites.
 

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” – Warren Buffett

 
Here is an example of how public opinion can be misdirected by softball reporting. This example was published by Postmedia, a fossil fuel industry partner that is also the country’s largest newspaper publisher. It’s a chain kept alive to be of service to the people and the industries picking our pockets.

Vancouver real estate used for money laundering, Sam Cooper, Vancouver Sun, September 16, 2016:

Canada has good anti-money-laundering rules, but loopholes and lax enforcement leave Vancouver’s real estate sector vulnerable to transactions from criminals including corrupt Chinese officials, an international agency says.

In a new report, the Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based intergovernmental group that makes recommendations for fighting money laundering, said Canada has improved standards since the agency’s last evaluation in 2007. But “law enforcement results are not commensurate with the money laundering risk, and asset recovery is low.”…

The Postmedia article referred to a “Mutual Evaluation Report” by  an inter-governmental body established by Ministers of its Member jurisdictions. In other words, government was evaluating government. Not exactly a disinterested source.

The reassuring lede from Sun writer Sam Cooper has a different intent than a report in an alternative media site.

Canada Fails To Commit To New Anti-Corruption Measures, BetterDwelling.com, September 15, 2016:

Canada is a haven for tax fraud. Transparency International released a report this week, judging the effectiveness of the commitments made at the London Anti-Corruption Summit in the spring. The report was a little dry, but an interesting thing was revealed – Canada made no commitment to start punishing professional enablers of fraud. In fact, they noted all of the commitments Canada made were “not new”.

Does it seem odd that we would send people to say we’re not cracking down on enablers of fraud? Well it shouldn’t. Canada has actively promoted itself as an entry to lower tax jurisdictions for decades. Unfortunately, the opaque banking system we created to allow this also attracts fraudsters. By turning a blind eye to international tax fraud, regular Canadians are starting to pay the price of these crimes with their homes…

Transparency International is an international non-governmental organization that states its purpose is to stop abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.

The suggestion that Canadian officials turn blind eyes toward international tax fraud is supported by countless examples. Andrew Saxton, my Conservative MP for seven years, was connected to an international tax investigation arising from his career with Credit Suisse That bank participated in massive tax evasion and was penalized billions of dollars by the US Government.

Canada Revenue offered amnesty to wealthy KPMG clients in offshore tax ‘sham’ and demanded secrecy in no-penalty, no-prosecution deals with high net worth Canadians.

Bruce Livesay reported on tax evasion and avoidance in National Observer:

In 2012-13, the government chopped $259-million from the CRA’s budget over five years – the largest single cut to any department, making it harder to investigate tax evasion.“They laid off three thousand CRA staff, totally decimating capacity and losing many experienced auditors,” says Howlett. “What’s happening now is while other countries are beginning to crack down, Canada is lagging behind.”

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1 reply »

  1. “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education he may steal a whole railroad.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Gordon Campbell has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

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