RCMP’s Sensitive Investigations Unit, part of force’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime division
.... a “huge loophole” in British Columbia’s election laws may have allowed corporations and unions in B.C. to keep their hefty donations out of the public eye — at least until long after the May 9 election is over.
According to a government transparency watchdog, B.C. voters should ask every would-be MLA one question at campaign stops and all-candidate forums: “Will you disclose your donors before election day,” suggested Duff Conacher, co-founder of Democracy Watch. “Then watch them all squirm.”
The reason for the question, he said, is that under B.C.’s already lax donations rules — which permit unlimited donations, donors outside Canada, and $3,000 in anonymous gifts per candidate — individual candidates don’t have to reveal who gave them money until three months after every election. ....
Where did this money come from?North Vancouver
2017-04-19 15:35 PDT
File # 2017-8001
That is what the North Vancouver RCMP is asking after they seized a significant amount of cash and rare coins from a male with no fixed address. The monies were discovered on April 06, 2017 at approximately 11:00 pm in the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver after the North Vancouver RCMP Strike Force had observed a male acting suspiciously. The male was arrested for ‘Trespassing at Night’.
Subsequent to the arrest police seized from this 21 year-old male a large amount of cash along with a valuable coin collection of international origins. The male also had in his possession a pair of bolt/lock cutters. When questioned by police the suspect could not provide a lawful explanation of how and where he came to be in possession of the large amount of money.
Investigators are certain that the monies are stolen, perhaps from a break and enter of a residence or business,said Cpl Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP.Residents, not only of the North Shore, are encouraged to check the places they may hide their valuables to see if they are still there!
If these monies are your property and you can provide accurate and specific details of the total amount the police would be pleased to return them to you. Please quote file number 2017-8001. The North Vancouver RCMP can be contacted at 604-985-1311. By identifying the rightful owner of the money it will assist the police in charging the suspect criminally with ‘Possession of Stolen Property’.
Cpl. Richard De Jong
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4