British Columbia Commission To Examine Casino Money Laundering

A much-anticipated public inquiry into money laundering within British Columbia casinos is set to begin more than a year after a report found a number of gaming venues had unknowingly been used to launder illegal drug proceeds.

More than a dozen organizations plan to participate in the inquiry by the so-called Cullen Commission, including the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), casino operators Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, and the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA).

Paul Burns, CGA president and CEO, said the association chose to participate in the inquiry to make sure the industry has a voice in any proposed regulations or legislation that could have an impact on gaming beyond British Columbia.

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