John Horgan, Premier of BC & Chief Virtue Signaller in Charge, Silent on Wrongful Death

John Horgan the Premier of BC is the Chief Virtue Signaller in charge.

He likes to grandstand and race hustle on social issues where he gets people fired up, but doesn’t actually have to do any work.

He has been completely silent on BC’s biggest human rights crisis and most discriminatory piece of legislation on the books – our antiquated wrongful death laws.

BC’s Family Compensation Act is a 174 year old piece of legislation adopted from UK’s Lord Campbell’s Act (1846). Under this legislation, only breadwinners have value based on their future lost income. Everyone else is completely worthless under the law when they are wrongfully killed.

BC is the last province yet to modernize, including the Yukon, which did so in 2014.

In fact, the Provincial Government is busy reducing victim rights even further, through the proposed No-Fault motor vehicle legislation. This legislation ensures the injured no longer receive pain & suffering damages, or access to justice through professional legal representation. It also ensures that everyone still has no value when they are wrongfully killed.

The Provincial Government’s propaganda team has labelled this new victim rights reducing legislation “Enhanced Care Coverage”; inspired by the Orwellian concept “Doublespeak”, where you label something completely the opposite of what it actually is to fool the population.

We’ve spoken to both ICBC and the Attorney General Office; they all seem to have cognitive dissonance and are drinking their own Kool Aid.

The role of government is to protect the life, liberty and property of the individual. They are currently failing us in this regard. Especially with respect to vulnerable groups like children, seniors, and the disabled. Even women (17%) and native (248%) populations are disproportionately affected when examining the government’s own statistics on wrongful death.

According to a recent National Post article, the BC NDP’s top donors are the various public service unions. They wouldn’t dare lay a single person off at ICBC, an organization that has double the workforce as any private insurer of the same market cap.

The modus operandi is to sacrifice the rights of victims, of which insurance is supposed to protect, in the name of salvaging this antiquated, irrelevant, crown corporation that stifles innovation.

You want answers as to why we are the last province yet to modernize?

It’s because of stupid superstition, trying to hold onto a socialist institutional relic that has continuously prevented the government from actually acting in the best interests of the people in which they are supposed to protect.

In the meantime, don’t worry folks, John Horgan will always be here to continue to virtue signal, and lull you into a false sense of security that they’re the good guys, championing the rights of the marginalized.

This couldn’t be further from the truth…


About the BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society

‘In Their Name’ is the campaign of ‘The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’ – a BC registered non-profit organization comprised of volunteer families who have lost a loved one to wrongful death in BC and were denied access to justice. In response to the biggest human rights issue facing the province today, our goal is to modernize British Columbia’s antiquated wrongful death legislation, which predates confederation (1846). Under current legislation, the value of a human life is measured only by the deceased’s future lost income, so long as they had dependents.

As a result of the province’s antiquated law, access to justice has been denied to the families of the wrongfully killed who do not meet this discriminatory criteria. This has affected especially vulnerable groups, namely children, seniors, the disabled, and anyone without dependents when they are killed by the negligent or intentional acts of another.

BC is presently the last of all the provinces, yet to have undertaken this critical legislative modernization to allow for dignity, value, and protections for all its citizens under the law.

When it’s ‘free’ to kill in BC, wrongdoers are not held accountable. This lack of general deterrence holds the province back in terms of incentivizing innovation of safety measures and protocols to prevent wrongful deaths in the first place.

Here’s How You Can Get Involved…

The Premier of British Columbia, David Eby, is responsible for the modernization of BC’s wrongful death laws. Our Society provided David Eby with the drafted ‘Wrongful Death Accountability Act’ when he was acting as the Attorney General for British Columbia for 6 years between 2017-2022. The new Attorney General, Niki Sharma, also shares responsibility as she is the Minister responsible for the ‘Family Compensation Act’ – the current guiding piece of legislation that the civil courts must follow in cases of wrongful death. Minister Sharma receives feedback from the regional ‘Members of the Legislative Assembly’ (MLAs) and follows orders from the Premier, David Eby, who is ultimately responsible for modernization.

Reform is presently at a standstill, as the BC NDP government does not presently view access to justice for the surviving family members of the wrongfully killed as a priority in this province. This is despite the fact that the families behind our Society have been fighting for modernization for over two decades. And despite the fact that all other provinces, including the Yukon, have already modernized in most cases long ago.

The only way to move this forward is by creating massive public awareness and outcry for legislative modernization. Only under the scrutiny of the public and the media will our politicians be forced to take this necessary, and long overdue action.

How many more people will need to die from the same preventable wrongful actions before our politicians will do their job?

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