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Cullen Commission final report delayed again

Findings of probe into money laundering in B.C. now set to be given to BC NDP cabinet on June 3
BC Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen | Graeme Wood/file photo

The final report on the Cullen Commission on money laundering in B.C. has been delayed again.

An official announcement is expected today that Justice Austin Cullen has asked for and received another extension. The report was due to be submitted the BC NDP cabinet on May 20, but the new deadline is June 3. A date for the public release is to be announced.

Several commission staff members have recently been ill with COVID-19.

The public inquiry was announced by Premier John Horgan, Attorney General David Eby and Finance Minister Carole James in May 2019 with a deadline of May 2021.

The pandemic meant in-person hearings were moved online. The fall 2020 snap election also delayed testimony. In March 2021, the commission got an extension to Dec. 15, 2021. Late last November, Cullen got another extension to May 20, 2022.

Lawyers for participants gave their final statements last October.

The commission heard testimony from 198 witnesses over 138 days and received 1,063 exhibits totalling more than 70,000 pages.