Unlike other provinces in Canada, in BC, 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 this province.
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.
Many of your potential constituents are considered “worthless” under the discriminatory law in our province.
The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society has drafted legislation that can fix this problem now.
My vote is contingent on your commitment in this election to support a fair and adequate wrongful death law in BC.
What will you do to see that this human rights issue is addressed if you are elected?
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