BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson has been everywhere these last few weeks, telling us ICBC is broken and needs to be replaced.
What he never says is that he and the BC Liberals spent 16 years in government ignoring the problems at ICBC – allowing lawyers to get rich while the rest of us paid the price.
It’s time for major changes, like the ones John Horgan and the BC NDP announced last week.
I believe that the new ‘Enhanced Care Model’ is the right step forward. By cutting out expensive lawyers and legal costs from the system, drivers will save an average of 20 per cent on their insurance. For most of us, that’s $400 a year.
A system that provides better care for folks injured in an accident — without losing money to lawyer fees or legal costs sounds pretty good to me.
Andrew Wilkinson will still probably say we need private insurance.
What he won’t say is that he and the BC Liberals took more than $140,000 in donations from his friends in the insurance industry.
We only need to look to other provinces that have private insurance to know that it will cost people more. Ontario has the highest rates in the country, and in Alberta, rates are going up 30 per cent this year.
I, for one, am glad to see ICBC working for regular British Columbians again – not just lawyers and the BC Liberals’ insurance industry friends.