CBABC was granted standing to participate in the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in BC. The ruling was issued Sep 24, 2019 and is available here.The Cullen Commission looks at the full scope of money laundering in BC, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions and the corporate and professional sectors.
CBA supports the goal of combatting money laundering but those efforts must occur in the context of protecting fundamental individual rights and freedoms of all British Columbians and in compliance with Canadian constitutional requirements. We continue to advocate to protect the confidential relationship between solicitor and client.
The Supreme Court of Canada said, “the importance of solicitor-client privilege to our justice system cannot be overstated. It is a legal privilege to protect a relationship that has a central importance to the legal system as a whole.” People need to be able to give their lawyer all the necessary information to be fully-represented by their lawyer, and to trust that their information is held in confidence. That trust is vital to the relationship between a lawyer and client, and to our justice system.
The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021.
Read CBABC's Submission to the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia.