B.C. Announces Long-Awaited Public Inquiry
The sound of empty barrels tumbling down a rolling hill must have finally broken through the sound barrier and startled British Columbia’s local government into a seated position; the cascading barrels in this case obviously representative of the Canadian public at large, following the horrendous scandal that is B.C.’s money-laundering dilemma. A public inquiry has been blatantly imminent for quite some time now. The release of former Mountie Dr. Peter German’s reports on the state of B.C.’s failed attempts to stop short in its tracks the filthy-money train, proved to be the final straw that broke the donkey’s back.
British Columbia Premier Josh Horgan has announced that government will now launch an official inquiry in an attempt to determine the extent of the involvement and/or negligence by those individuals who have been named in German’s reports. The purpose of the inquiry will be to investigate why the state has been unable to successfully prosecute those guilty of laundering money, and in addition to that, it will also look for an answer to the question as to why more wasn’t done to rid the province of the ugly pest.
Supreme Justice To Lead Inquiry
Horgan confirmed that Supreme Court Justice Austin F. Cullen will be the one to lead the inquiry. Justice Cullen will interview witnesses, question those thought to have been involved, analyse the current regulations that are in place, and generally do what is necessary in order for government to draw accurate conclusions about the process that was (or wasn’t) followed, and bring the negligent and guilty parties to accountability.
B.C. Attorney General David Eby has been pushing hard for a public inquiry, but having obviously realised the value of Dr. German’s initial report, made the call to hold out for the second report before continuing with the process.
Coleman Just Wants A Pardon
Federal government will be involved in various stages of the inquiry too, and one man who has expressed his particular gratitude at the fact that the inquiry is finally ready to commence, is former Public Safety Minister Rich Coleman. Coleman alleges that he has been wrongly accused of having purposefully turned a blind eye during his time serving the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. The year under scrutiny is 2009; a time when various regulations governing cash transactions and limits were relaxed without much in the way of an explanation or having put the matter to a public vote.