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Andrew Wilkinson Tried To Block John Horgan’s 20% Car Insurance Rate Cut, Says NDP

VICORIA – BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and his caucus voted against BC NDP legislation that will cut ICBC rates by 20 per cent while giving better benefits to those injured in car accidents, NDP said in a news release Wednesday.

The legislation, which was passed Wednesday, overhauls ICBC with an enhanced care model that will save drivers an average of $400 per year by eliminating hundreds of millions of dollars in legal costs from the system.

These changes are similar to recommendations in a 2014 Ernst & Young report that would have prevented rate hikes. Instead of following the recommendations and keeping rates down, the BC Liberals secretly scrubbed those recommendations.

Even though the enhanced care system has operated successfully for decades in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the BC Liberals chose again today to support skyrocketing legal expenses that are driving up costs for drivers.

“By taking legal costs out of the system to reduce ICBC rates by 20 per cent and increase benefits for the injured, we’re doing what the BC Liberals refused to do years ago. Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals’ vote today shows they’re still not looking out for British Columbians,” said Attorney General David Eby.

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