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RCMP finally sharing info key to keeping dirty money out of B.C., says Eby

Last Updated Jan 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm PDT

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks to reporters on Jan. 22, 2019. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s Attorney General believes it is a huge boost in attempts to track dirty money. Key information about organized crime is now expected to flow more freely between Ottawa and Victoria.

After meeting with the federal minister responsible in Vancouver, Attorney General David Eby says a lack of cooperation from the RCMP has been hurting efforts by former senior Mountie Peter German to find evidence of money laundering.

“I have Minister Blair’s commitment that if there is an issue — if we can’t get this money laundering and real estate report, for example — we’ll be giving him a call and he’ll give best efforts to get that log-jam addressed. I don’t know why it was happening. I do know that it wasn’t acceptable and I’m very grateful it appears to be showing some movement now.”

The report Eby refers to is an RCMP document which suggests more than a billion dollars worth of dirty money is laundered in B.C. every year.

“I don’t know what the issue was that was preventing information-sharing between Dr. German and the RCMP. Whatever the issue was, in the last 24 hours we’ve seen a significant change and I’m grateful and appreciative to anyone who was involved in addressing that log-jam — including Mr. Blair’s office and the RCMP, to the extent that they were involved in that.”

Eby’s not rejecting ongoing calls for a public inquiry, but he says that would further delay action already being taken to tackle this problem.