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City of Vancouver pushing for public inquiry into money laundering, organized crime in B.C.

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The City of Vancouver is officially part of the push for a public inquiry into money laundering and organized crime in B.C.

Council has approved the motion put forward by Councillor Christine Boyle to back a more in-depth probe.

While the province is currently looking into money laundering, Boyle says we need to take a harder look at how the proceeds of crime are connected to housing affordability and the opioid crisis.

A recent poll suggests just over three quarters of British Columbians would support a public inquiry into the matter.

An RCMP report estimates $1 billion worth of property transactions in Vancouver could be connected to crime, and an estimated $1 billion a year could be laundered through underground banking networks, including casinos in B.C.

Boyle says the inquiry should be similar to Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission, a years-long public inquiry launched in 2011 into suspected widespread corruption in Quebec’s construction industry, because of the severity and scope of the problem.

Premier John Horgan has previously said a full inquiry would be too expensive.