Prominent Figures Who Support Modernization

The issue of wrongful death affects everyone in British Columbia, although certain demographics — such as children, seniors and the disabled — are particularly vulnerable.
We are actively seeking prominent individuals who openly endorse modernizing BC’s wrongful death legislation.

The individuals listed below have pledged their support of the BC Wrongful Death Law Reform Society’s calls for legislative reform.

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Vancouver City Councillor Pete Fry has a background in community development, advocacy, and communications. A first-term councillor, he is committed to a more open government, collaborative community engagement, and a thriving and resilient city comprised of complete and equitable communities.

He has previously served on the Park Board Dog Strategy Task Force, and the City’s Downtown Eastside Local Area Planning Process.

Councillor Fry has lived in Vancouver since immigrating to Canada as a child, and currently lives in Strathcona with his wife and assorted animals.

In February 2021, Councillor Fry endorsed a motion to the Union of BC Municipalities, recommending the province update BC’s Wrongful Death laws. Shortly afterwards, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed the motion.


Michael de Jong, K.C. is a eight-term MLA who has represented Abbotsford West since 1994. He currently serves as the Official Opposition critic for the Attorney General. He has previously served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests. In addition, he also served as Government House Leader.

He is a supporter of modernizing BC’s wrongful death laws and has appeared on talk radio to help promote our cause.


MLA Doug Routley has served as an MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan (and previously Cowichan-Ladysmith) since 2005. He has served as the Official Opposition critic for Citizens’ Services and deputy critic for Forests and Forest Futures. He previously served as Opposition critic for skills training.

Doug’s diverse background in industry, business, labour and politics gives him the understanding that working together cooperatively is the key to success.

After meeting with constituent Sharon Andersen in early 2021, Doug has endorsed modernizing BC’s Wrongful Death laws.


Andrew Mercier was elected MLA for Langley in the 2020 provincial general election. He serves as the Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training.

Andrew is a labour lawyer and an active member of the Langley community. Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Andrew worked as legal counsel for Teamsters Local Union No. 213 and served as the executive director of the BC Building Trades Council, where he advocated for improved safety standards for construction sites.

In March 2021, Andrew wrote a letter to then-Attorney General David Eby to share a constituent’s family story and endorsed action on updating BC’s wrongful death laws.

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