THE ADVOCATE 723
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
By the Honourable David Eby, Q.C.*
MONEY LAUNDERING IN B.C. CASINOS
On assuming responsibility for gambling in B.C. as part of my ministerial
duties, I received a series of briefings that astounded me by the sheer magnitude
of the allegations of money laundering taking place in this
province’s casinos. Not only was this information highly relevant to my
responsibilities regarding gambling in B.C., but I also saw it intersecting
with my role as Attorney General to ensure that our government adheres to
the rule of law.
The legitimization of proceeds of crime, known as “money laundering”,
is a crime in itself, and it is not a victimless crime—it has been linked
through our review to the opioid crisis and our real estate market. For these
reasons, as well as the obvious reason of making life more difficult for criminals
in B.C., we need to address illegal activity aggressively. It is my view
that our province can and should do more to combat money laundering in
As an initial step, I retained Dr. Peter German, Q.C., former deputy commissioner
of both the RCMP and the Correctional Service of Canada and
author of Canada’s leading anti–money laundering law textbook, to conduct
an independent and thorough review of anti–money laundering policies
and practices in relation to B.C.’s casinos.
In December 2017 Dr. German provided me with two interim recommendations.
The first recommendation was to require gaming service providers
to complete a source of funds declaration for cash deposits or bearer bonds
of $10,000 or more. The British Columbia Lottery Corporation (“BCLC”)
implemented the first interim recommendation on January 10, 2018
* The Honourable David Eby, Q.C., is British Columbia’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General.