- Martin McKenna photo
The reasons are extremely obvious - but don't bet on the BC Liberals doing the right thing.
In fact, minister responsible Rich Coleman has already rejected the idea of firing the $383,000 a year CEO.
The current situation is a complete embarrassment for the province - the BC Lottery Corporation has been fined a massive $670,000 for more than 1,000 violations of the federal Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act - an amazing story broken by CKNW AM 980 reporter Brett Mineer.
It doesn't get much worse than that!
But it does at the BC Lottery Corporation - they deliberately misled the public for days about the crash of its controversial online gambling program PlayNow.com - finallly confessing that it wasn't because of the stated "tremendous customer response" - as BC Lottery VP Kevin Gass said.
It was actually because of a "data crossover" that allowed some players to access other players money and financial information!
And it happened 134 times - but no public word until Thursday - five days later.
Then we discover that the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada -- FINTRAC -- fined BC Lottery Corporation because it misfiled 1,020 reports for casino transactions over $10,000.
Hmmmm - let's see - who would likely be making such transactions? Lemme think - yes, there are four possibilities:
- Really lucky gamblers
- Really rich gamblers
- drug dealers laundering money
- terrorists laundering money
You figure out the odds as to which ones are most likely for over 1,000 transactions.
I'm going to stick to Lotto 6-49 - where I know I won't win the big prize but at least I'm laundering money to health care and education - not organized crime or terrorism!
Lastly - a bit of ironic humour - if you want to check out Michael Graydon's background on the BC Lottery Corporation website, Microsoft Explorer posts this ominous warning:
The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website's address.
Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server."
No kidding Microsoft - you got that right!