The baffling statements made by Canadian Parliamentarian Pierre Luc Dessault on significant foreign currency conversions from Algerian politicians and officials to Canada have raised many questions in the national public opinion and on social platforms, amid demands to reveal the identity of the people who transferred the funds, as well as the banks that allowed or colluded to complete these illegal banking operations especially in light of current corruption investigations initiated by the Algerian justice.
In a letter addressed to his country’s finance minister, the Canadian MP for the province of Charbok, Pierre-Luc Dessaux, raised questions about sizable financial transfers to Quebec in particular by Algerian officials and politicians, without disclosing the value of these money transfers.
And immediately after the publication of the letter of the Canadian MP through the media, especially across the various platforms of social networking, queries were raised among the Algerians, about the reality of what happened and whether there were actually transfers of hard currencies from Algeria towards Canada at the height of the ongoing popular protest movement and judicial investigations into corruption-related cases linked to the former Bouteflika era.
The queries on social networking have turned into demands that the identity of persons or entities that transferred money in foreign currency to Canada should be disclosed at this particular time. The national public opinion should know why the hard currency was converted overseas and in what amount.
Others have urged bank officials who authorized the money transferred to Canada to give clarifications on the matter, despite the fact that the Ministry of Finance has already tightened controls on foreign currency transfers from Algeria to overseas and has even set up a special committee to monitor these transactions.
It should be noted that the Canadian MP had pointed to these shadowy financial transfers reportedly carried out by a number of Algerian politicians and officials whose aim is moving to Canada and living in exile soon, noting that since the beginning of the political changes unfolding in Algeria, these remittances abroad have been observed by monitoring bodies.