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Most British Columbians want inquiry into organized crime, money laundering, overdose crisis: poll

Last Updated Feb 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm PDT

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Summary

Poll suggests over three quarters of us support a public inquiry

About 80 per cent of us want the province to create an anti-corruption office, says survey

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It appears most British Columbians want answers when it comes to the issue of money laundering in the province.

A new poll of 800 people by Research Co finds just over three quarters (77%) of us support a public inquiry into organized crime, money laundering and the overdose crisis.

An even higher percentage (80%) want the province to create an anti-corruption office.

“There is only a minuscule proportion of residents who believe there is no need for a public inquiry on this matter, and nearly universal support for the eventual establishment of an anti-corruption commission in British Columbia,” said Mario Canseco with Research Co. “While there is definitely some satisfaction with the fact that the provincial government is discussing money laundering in the open, voters of all political stripes are eager to see more action on this file.”

The poll, conducted for the BCGEU, suggests this would be an important voting issue for 84 per cent of survey respondants.

Most of us also think the blame for continued money laundering is spread out among the BC Lottery Corporation, Mounties, Ottawa, and both the previous and current provincial governments.