Dear Local MLA, Attorney General Eby, and Premier Horgan,
In our province, only the families of deceased breadwinners see the inside of a courtroom in cases of wrongful death.
BC’s current Family Compensation Act only takes into account the direct financial losses resulting from death. Children, seniors and people with disabilities, who may not represent a financial loss that is immediately measurable, are classes of people whose lives are not valued or respected when they are killed in BC.
This is a human rights issue.
Investigations into the wrongful death of a child, an elderly person, or someone with a disability most often do not occur because there is no ‘loss of earnings’ to cover trial costs.
Unlike other provinces in Canada, many of your constituents are considered “worthless” under the discriminatory law in our province.
The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society has drafted legislation that can solve this problem now.
What will you do to create a fair and adequate wrongful death law in BC?
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