British Columbia's NDP government has directed a public enquiry into the province's rampant money laundering scandal.
Premier John Horgan announced the decision Wednesday after a cabinet meeting in which his ministers debated the pros and cons of an independent commission of inquiry into how criminal organizations have laundered dirty drug money through the provincial economy.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen was appointed to head the inquiry to look at the full scope of money laundering and its impact on real estate, gaming, financial institutions, the corporate and professional sectors as well as regulatory and law enforcement hurdles.
Cullen will be given the power to compel witnesses and order documents be disclosed.