Coalition Against No-Fault in BC (CANF)

May 31, 2006 12:30 ET

Report Card Gives a Failing Grade to the BC Government and ICBC

Coalition Revisits its Premier Option from 1997 to Assess Traffic Safety and Cost-Savings Today in British Columbia Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER/BC/NEWS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) - Nine years after producing a document of 40 recommendations for the province, the Coalition Against No-Fault has assigned an overall failing grade to BC with regard to road safety, cost-savings and auto insurance throughout the province.

Five of the 40 original recommendations are not graded, due to either a lack of information or applicability. Of the 35 letter grades CANF assigned, 18 were determined as areas of failure (graded with an F). The full report card outlines the original recommendations and, where appropriate, includes updated remarks. It is available through the coalition's website - www.canf.bc.ca .

The letter-grade breakdown of the report card is as follows:

F - 18
A - 7
B - 5
C - 3
D - 2
n/a - 5

"Much more can and should be done in British Columbia with regard to road safety and other preventative measures," confirmed Gordon Adair, a CANF spokesperson and representative since the organization's inception in the fall of 1996. "Many key recommendations within our coalition's Premier Option have not been addressed adequately and some have been ignored altogether. Regrettably, this reality overshadows the positive steps made in BC since 1997."

CANF submitted the Premier Option to the province nine years ago this month, in May 1997. At that time, CANF was doing what it could in a proactive way to dissuade the BC Government and ICBC from implementing no-fault auto insurance in the province. A no-fault system was being considered by the BC Government, one that gained support in separate government-initiated reviews carried out by accounting firm KPMG and the Douglas Allen Review Team, but was rejected thoroughly by CANF and the vast majority of BC citizens.

This fall will mark CANF's 10th anniversary. At that time, the coalition will issue a new document of recommendations with regard to road safety and auto insurance in British Columbia. It will include both new and renewed recommendations.

Today's release of the report card on the Premier Option references recommendations that came from CANF and some that resulted from the Douglas Allen Review Team's look at auto insurance in BC.

Some grades point out areas of praise for the province with regard to steps taken. Others are indicative of criticism due to inaction. In some cases, the BC Government and ICBC are intertwined. This report is an assessment of the province as a whole, i.e. the BC Government and ICBC, its Crown Corporation.

CANF has three spokespeople available, all of whom have been active with CANF since its inception in 1996. Each of these individuals was highly involved in helping to create, in 1997, CANF's cost-savings and road-safety aimed document, the Premier Option.

CANF's spokespeople with regard to the current report card are as follows:

* Gordon Adair - CANF coordinator during the organization's campaigns to oppose no-fault insurance and current member of CANF's steering committee.

* Peter Maarsman - President of the CANF Steering Committee and former head of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society.

* David Klein - Vancouver-based lawyer, CANF board member and the primary drafter of the Premier Option, in 1997.

CANF spokespeople are volunteers. They can be reached by contacting CANF steering committee member Jane Dyson at the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, a CANF member organization. The phone number is 604 875-0188.

NOTE: The report card is available through CANF's website: www.canf.bc.ca and the archive portion of CANF's website includes a copy of the original Premier Option document.

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Contact Information

  • Jane Dyson, Member of the CANF Steering Committee, Coalition Against No-Fault in BC (CANF)
    Primary Phone: 604-875-0188