Wednesday, May 15, 2019

BC Liberal AG Geoff Plant killed off the Gaming Commission Inquiry in 2001 upon Premier Gordon Campbell's order

After winning a resounding victory in the 2001 provincial election, why did former AG Geoff Plant, his boss Premier Gordon Campbell, and Cabinet terminate the BC NDP  Smith Commission on penny-ante charitable gaming, when they should/could have applied higher standards to the  casino industry's million dollar-ante money-laundering industry?
.... The gaming branch and gaming commission have been reorganized, and there are new policies and procedures to licensed charitable gaming ....  - AG Geoff Plant

2001. BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ministry of Attorney General  Geoff Plant  - - -     Smith Commission Told to Wrap Up Gaming Inquiry

VICTORIA  -  A commission of inquiry that has been looking into gaming in B.C. for five years is being TERMINATED effective immediately, Attorney General Geoff Plant said today.

"This has been a long process, and it's time to bring the Smith Commission of Inquiry to an end," said Plant.  "I don't think we'll learn anything about gaming in B.C. by giving the commission more time and MONEY."

The previous government (BC NDP) set up the commission in 1996 to examine the Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society and OTHER gaming matters in B.C.  The commission's mandate was to look at the rules governing the use of proceeds from licensed charitable gaming, how those proceeds are administered, and make recommendations.

Since then, a public record of the commission's ongoing work and evidence has been available through the internet, and government (BC LIBERAL) has made substantial changes to the face of gaming in the province.  The gaming branch and gaming commission have been reorganized, and there are new policies and procedures to licensed charitable gaming.
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"The cost of the commission to date is about $6 million (Same amount paid to Basi and Virk), and another $2 million could well be spent by year's end, including publicly funded legal fees for some of the people who received notices of adverse findings from the commission," Plant said.  "I do not believe the taxpayers would be well served by this additional expenditure and delay."

"It's simply not in the interest of the public, or the public purse, to continue with this inquiry, it's time to close the book on the long NIGHTMARE of Nanaimo Commonwealth Holding Society and move forward."





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