It has been reported by the BC Coroners Service that fentanyl overdose have killed at least 4,000 people in BC, and police reports indicate that drug traffickers have laundered $5 billion through the Vancouver real estate market since 2012;
According to the Peter German report, a minimum of $100 million was laundered through BC Casinos over 10 years, in what became known as the 'Vancouver model';
According to a 2016 report form anti-corruption group Transparency International, 46 of Vancouver's 100 most valuable properties have their ownership obscured, 29 are held through shell companies, 11 are held through nominees and 6 are held in trust for anonymous beneficiaries;
In 2017, the Financial Transaction and Report Analysis Centre (FINTRAC) fined an unnamed bank $1.15 million for violating anti-money laundering regulations; and
With Vancouver now recognized internationally as a hub of transnational money laundering, it is imperative to discover to what extent corruption has been involved in a system that has either turned a blind eye to, or taken advantage of, criminal money laundering in large sectors of BC's economy.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of British Columbia,, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Launch a public inquiry into money laundering and corruption in regards to: (a) fentanyl trafficking; (b) the Greater Vancouver real estate market; (c) the banking system; (d) lawyers, notaries, accountants; (e) regulated casinos; (f) agricultural land reserve speculation; (g) luxury vehicles;
2. Create a special task force to prosecute money laundering and corruption;
3. Close the bare trust loophole; and
4. Confiscate all properties and assets that were purchased with laundered money.
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