MLA Michael de Jong

 

Michael de Jong, MLA for Abbotsford West, was asked about a reform of the Family Compensation Act and he had the following response: “That‘s a good question because I think our laws in BC have fallen a little out of step with what’s happened in other jurisdictions and my belief is that if an accident occurs and someone loses a loved one they should be entitled to the same type of compensation as is available to the families elsewhere in Canada and that is not presently the case in British Columbia and I think it’s time we updated our laws in that respect. It’s really about fairness for BC families. Thanks for the question.”

Under our current legislation, only those who had an income + dependants have worth under the law, leaving many, especially children, seniors, and the disabled worthless when they are killed by the neglectful, or wrongful actions of another. Please petition Michael de Jong now for further feedback on public support for this issue »

The BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’s goal is to modernize the laws in BC, which unlike other provinces, currently denies justice to the surviving family members of children, seniors, and the disabled when killed by the careless or intentional acts of another.

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Unlike other Canadian provinces, BC has not made any significant amendments to its wrongful death legislation—ever. The current BC Family Compensation Act only values the lives of income-earners. This neglect must stop. Petitioning your local MLA with our automated tool can make a lasting difference to the lives of families who experience a wrongful death in British Columbia for generations to come.

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Dear MLA,

In our province, only the families of deceased breadwinners and caregivers 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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