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A matter of life and death: Urgent call for a new wrongful death statute in B.C. | Sandra Kovacs

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 8:43 AM | By Sandra Kovacs

In China, there have been reported instances where drivers who have negligently struck and injured pedestrians have subsequently reversed over and intentionally killed those same pedestrians because it is well known under Chinese law that it is cheaper to kill than to injure. While thankfully there have been no similar reported occurrences in British Columbia or elsewhere in Canada, the law here is fundamentally no different.

At common law, there is no right of action whatsoever for wrongful death. While most common law jurisdictions, including Canadian...