Comedian John Cleese sums it up incredibly well in the video below…
On rare occasion we get comments on our videos and posts – people trying to figure out “who In Their Name is” so they can categorize our organization somewhere on the political spectrum and ONLY then decide based on their entrenched political identity if they agree, or disagree with the cause.
We are a non-partisan, non-profit society that relies both entirely on donations from the public and on the passion and dedication of our 100% volunteer team.
We criticize both previous and current NDP and Liberal governments for BC being the last province yet to modernize our 174 year old wrongful death legislation; antiquated legislation where anyone who does not have both an income + dependents has no value, making it FREE to kill ONLY in BC.
Since the NDP with the Green Party coalition has control of the BC legislature, diehard NDP members have taken our criticism as an attack on their beloved party.
And because their identities are so entrenched in the blind support of their party, through cognitive dissonance they refuse to believe that people having an equal foundation of value, dignity, protections, and access to justice under the law is an acceptable modern standard of human decency.
As it presently stands, the NDP government pays lip service to human rights to get the ‘likes’ on their posts.
The Liberals try and ride the same bandwagon.
However, when it comes to following through with legislation that actually enshrines these rights into law, not only is there no action by the NDP, they are now diminishing these rights even further by the introduction of no-fault motor vehicle insurance legislation.
Facts are facts, no matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on.
We’re all in this together.
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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