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“the problem grew over time until it outdistanced the ability of existing legislation,
process and structure to effectively manage the problem”. Dr. German
details how money laundering has occurred under the so-called “Vancouver
Model”, and the collective system failure in dealing with this issue.
I urge you all to take the time to read this comprehensive report, which
is freely available online.1 I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr.
German for his work on this important matter, and to thank all the individuals
and organizations, including but certainly not limited to BCLC and
GPEB, who cooperated with Dr. German in his investigation and in the
preparation of the report. This cooperation helped to ensure that Dr. German’s
report is accurate, fair and useful when looking ahead to combatting
the issue of money laundering in B.C.’s gambling facilities. I would also like
to thank those public officials profiled in Dr. German’s report who
attempted to sound the alarm about this serious challenge for our province.
The report contains 48 wide-ranging recommendations that vary in
scope and complexity. One key recommendation calls for the province to
create an independent regulator that will protect the public and ensure the
necessary checks and balances are in place. Dr. German points to the model
used in Ontario as an example to consider for use in B.C. The report also
recommends clearly delineating the roles and responsibilities of the regulator
and the operator, transitioning to a standards-based model and amending
provincial legislation to allow for these changes. Further, Dr. German
recommends establishing a dedicated policing unit that would be, for all
intents and purposes, a police force that specializes in criminal and regulatory
investigations arising from the legal gaming industry, with an emphasis
on Lower Mainland casinos.
Nine recommendations have already been implemented by the government.
Of the remaining recommendations, some can be implemented
immediately, while others will take more time and will be refined and
implemented with Dr. German’s assistance throughout.
Dr. German’s report clearly articulates how and why the proceeds of organized
crime were likely laundered through casinos in B.C. for many years.
Government is determined to end this illegal activity, and Dr. German’s
report will provide us with a strong foundation to make effective decisions
to prevent this activity in our casinos. However, that is not the end of the
We are working towards determining the best way forward to combat this
issue and ensure that doing so in one sector or jurisdiction does not simply