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I issued a statement today (reproduced below) on the BC Government’s announcement that ICBC rates would increase by about 8% for the average BC driver.

It is essential that we not take any options that would reduce rates off the table. The current system is overly litigious and adversarial. Payouts for minor bodily injuries have increased 365% since 2000. Every other public insurance system in Canada either limits certain types of claims or operates as a no-fault model. Option 4 in the Ernst and Young report projected that such a system would reduce vehicle premiums by $630, or 13.5%, by 2019.

Why are we fixated on talking about what we can do to mitigate rate INCREASES instead of focusing on how we can promote rate DECREASES?


Media Statement


Weaver statement on ICBC rate increases and audit
For immediate release
September 5, 2017

VICTORIA, B.C. – Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C. Green caucus, responded to the announcement that the government will raise ICBC rates, turn on red light cameras and conduct a business audit of the Crown Corporation

“We already have an evidence-based, taxpayer-funded report with proposals for reforms,” Weaver said.

“While I am glad that the government has adopted the Ernst and Young report’s recommendation to turn on red light cameras, with ICBC in such a perilous financial situation, the time to implement changes is now.

“Furthermore, it is essential that we not take any options that would reduce rates off the table. The current system is overly litigious and adversarial. Payouts for minor bodily injuries have increased 365% since 2000. Every other public insurance system in Canada either limits certain types of claims or operates as a no-fault model. Option 4 in the Ernst and Young report projected that such a system would reduce vehicle premiums by $630, or 13.5%, by 2019.

“I concur with the Attorney General’s statement that ICBC’s abysmal financial standing is due to the unwillingness of the previous government to make tough choices. With this new government, there is an opportunity to do things differently. As the business audit of ICBC proceeds, the B.C. Green caucus will advocate for bold, evidence-based solutions that will ensure the best possible outcome for B.C. ratepayers.”

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3 Comments

  1. Brian-Reply
    September 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    When were red light cameras turned off? Is there a press release, news story or anything you can point me to?

    • Jim-Reply
      September 6, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      The cameras only operate for a fraction of the day… Something to do with how they used to operate prior to being made digital, and the choice to leave the short hours so people wouldn’t feel they were being gouged or something. Red means stop. If someone has a problem with that they can pay. All red light camera revenue should go directly to buying more red light cameras.

  2. gragor-Reply
    September 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    ‘Cause the beautiful people don’t make money off rate decreases.

    Higher rates mean more money taken in. More money taken in means more money for profits and salaries and bonuses.

    Eat the rich.

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