B.C. sup­ports call for money laun­der­ing in­quiry

The Prince George Citizen - - Local -

VIC­TO­RIA (CP) — A cam­paign prom­ise to launch an in­quiry into money laun­der­ing by Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer is re­ceiv­ing strong sup­port in Bri­tish Columbia where il­le­gal cash has skewed the real es­tate mar­ket and helped fuel the opi­oid cri­sis.

Scheer made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing an On­tario cam­paign stop, say­ing the in­quiry will fo­cus on clean­ing up the real es­tate sec­tor.

B.C. At­tor­ney Gen­eral David Eby says he doesn’t want to wade into the fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign, but any call by po­lit­i­cal par­ties to fight the na­tion­wide is­sue of money laun­der­ing is a step for­ward.

The B.C. New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment called an in­quiry into money laun­der­ing last May fol­low­ing in­de­pen­dent re­views that found crime groups were fun­nelling bil­lions of dol­lars into il­licit drugs, real es­tate and other parts of the econ­omy.

For­mer B.C. Supreme Court Jus­tice Austin Cullen will head the B.C. in­quiry.

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