Monday, July 2, 2018

April 1, 2010: "Minister of Tourism has been vociferous in his condemnation of gambling in the past" but encouraged millions to be laundered

How is it that BC Liberal Minister Rich Coleman, a former RCMP Officer, failed to see the difference between the problem gamblers maxed out at a Government limit of $9,999 per week from the criminal element arriving with suitcases of $20 bills, in the millions, for the sole purpose of laundering the cash?  Was is it the high class suitcases that foiled fooled him?

BC Hansard:   [ Page 4034 ]

S. Simpson: The B.C. Medical Association has identified 159,000 people in this province who are problem gamblers. Of those, 31,000 people have serious gambling addictions. We also know that the number of people with severe gambling addictions has more than doubled since 2002, yet the B.C. Liberals have cut supports for the programs to assist those people. 

We now have the Minister of Tourism promoting a large new casino to help pay for the half-billion-dollar roof on B.C. Place. We know that this minister has previously raised issues about gambling addiction and the impacts on families. 

Is the Minister of Tourism confident that the government has done all it can to ensure that problem gambling will not increase due to this casino? 


S. Simpson: The Minister of Tourism has been vociferous in his condemnation of gambling in the past, going so far as to suggest people will be dying in the streets. Yet today he's the lead minister to build the biggest casino ever in British Columbia. Where's the hypocrisy in that? This at a time when the gaming policy and enforcement branch notes that B.C. has the highest proportion of problem gamblers over seven other provinces in this country. 

Clearly, the minister has reconciled his contradictions on these positions, particularly when his government does so little to support British Columbians who have gambling problems. 

Can the Minister of Tourism tell us why British Columbians should have any faith in him when he promotes this initiative on one hand after condemning it only a few years ago?

Hon. R. Coleman: I said "until it was brought to your attention," hon. Member, but I know you can't listen, because you're talking too much. But that's okay

The funding that is in place for problem gambling in British Columbia is based on the usage by people who can phone on a 1-800 line or access services for free — whether they get into difficulty with the gambling be it in a legal opportunity, like we offer, under the management of the province of British Columbia, or an illegal activity. The budget is predicated on the usage and is always there for any problem gambler and will continue to be there at the level that the uptake is there. 

 The funding is in place for problem gambling in BC based on the usage by people .....  whether they get into difficulty ....   a legal opportunity..... or an illegal activity!

Laundering money isn't illegal? Suitcases are not illegal?

Source:  Bottom of web page:  April 1, 2010

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