Liberals do take a "grown up" approach to corporate or white collar crime, don't they.
Now, for all its flaws, British Columbia's NDP government has made headway in exposing how foreign money, billions of dollars worth, is regularly laundered in this province.
A little over 30 years ago Vancouver hosted a world's fair, Expo 86. That began the end of a once great city. Money and people flowed in from all directions but mainly from China. Real estate prices went through the roof. The house I bought in the 80s for $175,000 is today selling for $2.5 million, lot value. I sure missed out on that. Neighbourhoods were destroyed. The kids who were raised and educated in those neighbourhoods no longer can afford to live there.
An expert panel looking into money laundering in B.C.’s real estate market has found an estimated $5 billion in “dirty money” was laundered through the province’s housing market in 2018.
“Our housing market should be used for housing people, not for laundering the proceeds of crime,” Finance Minister Carole James said.
“The amount of money being laundered in B.C. and through real estate is much more than anyone predicted.”
Including luxury cars and horse racing, the panel estimated $7.4 billion in money was laundered through B.C. in 2018. The panel estimates $47 billion was laundered in Canada last year.
“Wealthy criminals and those attempting to evade taxes have had the run of our province for too long, to the point that they are now distorting our economy, hurting families looking for housing and impacting those who have lost loved ones due to opioid overdose,” Attorney General David Eby said.The federal government could have and should have done more, a lot more. British Columbia is just beginning to pursue seizure remedies.
$47 billion of assets bought through money laundering. Imagine even half of that in the federal treasury. There is no end of good uses we could find for that sort of revenue stream.