A vote for the BC NDP is a vote to empower ICBC to be the "judge, jury and executioner" - Wes Mussio
Wesley Mussio grew up in Trail, British Columbia and graduated from J.L. Crowe Senior Secondary in 1982. During the high school years, Wes Mussio played at the highest level in soccer and participated in the Trail Smoke Eater program for hockey. He also aspired in track and field particularly at the 400 meter distance. After a one-year session at Selkirk College in Castlegar, Wesley Mussio moved to the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) into the Faculty of Forestry. He ended up graduating in 1986 with a BSF (Bachelor of Science in Forestry) but before then, Wes Mussio was heavily involved in student politics being the House President at Place Vanier-Robson House for a year and being the President of Gage Towers for two years. Rather than immediately going into law school, Wesley Mussio decided to pursue a Registered Professional Forester (“RPF”) designation and took a year off to work for the Ministry of Forests in Williams Lake and then West Fraser Mills in Quesnel. He then entered the Faculty of Law at UBC and eventually graduated in 1990. Wes Mussio then took another six months out of law to finish off the necessary two-year training for becoming an RPF. After a backpacking venture to Europe, he then started articles at Ferguson Gifford, and complete the articles in November 1991 becoming a lawyer. While at UBC, Wes Mussio was heavily involved in athletic programs. He played three years of Super League Hockey in the top division at UBC while also playing Super League Soccer in the top division. While in the interior working in forestry, Wes Mussio played soccer in the interior men’s league and during the winter months, played commercial league in the Cariboo for hockey. Since becoming a lawyer in 1991, Wes Mussio began working in the area of ICBC injury claims, principally defending claims on behalf of ICBC. He worked as an ICBC defence lawyer for a little over a decade and then decided to move to the plaintiff only side to help injured parties. His first stint at plaintiff only work was at Murphy Battista but in 2011, Wesley Mussio decided to join forces with Eric Goodman and open Mussio Law Group and then eventually Mussio Goodman. The new law firm has quickly developed into one of the leaders in personal injury litigation as well as estate litigation. In 1993, Wesley Mussio and Russell Mussio opened up Backroad Mapbooks and the company has now developed into one and largest national mapping companies in Canada. As Wes Mussio has a passion for the outdoors, this company is a perfect fit as he gets to travel the outdoors in guise of research projects. Wesley Mussio married Penny Stainton in 1993 and they have two lovely children, Madison Mussio and Devon Mussio. Madison lives in London attending Birkbeck University for a Bachelors of Law degree. Previously, she obtained a Bachelor of Business degree in hospitality and tourism from Les Roches in Switzerland graduating with distinction and top 20% of her class. Devon Mussio graduated from St. Georges in 2017 with a 4.0/4.0 grade point average. He is currently pursuing his professional hockey/ NCAA Division 1 dreams with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL.
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A vote for the BC NDP is a vote to empower ICBC to be the “judge, jury and executioner”

A vote for the BC NDP is a vote to empower ICBC to be the “judge, jury and executioner”

As you may know, a British Columbia provincial election has been called for October 24, 2020.

The BC NDP has been advancing a new policy plan for ICBC called “No-Fault” insurance. If re-elected, they are planning to implement this unfair ICBC insurance model on accidents claims after June 1, 2021. There is no question the legislation gives ICBC almost unlimited powers to deny claims and pay next to nothing to the vast majority of injured victims. Therefore, the legislation will definitely harm injured British Columbians and their families.

The problem with the BC NDP No Fault legislation is it takes away justice and fairness in B.C.. No Fault means that if you are injured in a car collision caused by a reckless driver, that driver is entitled to the same schedule of benefits as you. Yes, the at-fault driver, who was not paying attention or for that matter, was on his/her cell phone or impaired, gets the same compensation as the person who’s life is ruined.
In a No Fault system, seriously injured individuals will have a lifelong relationship with ICBC. Rather than having their case resolved with a fair settlement that allows the individual to decide what care they need and when, a No Fault system requires the individual (or their family) to go back to ICBC week-after-week, month-after-month, year-after-year, providing evidence in hopes that ICBC will agree to fund their next treatment or wage loss benefit.

The No Fault schemes result in less damages being paid to those injured on our roads. Lost wages are capped at low levels well below true wage loss and no damages are paid for pain and suffering. Out of pocket expenses are only partially covered and there is no allowance for loss of capacity to earn future income or loss of housekeeping services. Basically, ICBC has to pay out a fraction of the true losses of an injured victim so the injured victim is the one that is penalized in the NDP’s No Fault system.
Injury victims in a No Fault system are often without the means or knowledge to obtain the medical evidence necessary to prove their claims leaving them largely at the mercy of ICBC. Even then, if ICBC denies the claim or a request for treatment, the opportunity to dispute the high handed denial of an adjuster is very limited. Hiring a lawyer to help you is not economically viable so you will have to face the experienced ICBC adjuster and his/her lawyer by yourself. That means ICBC has basically unfettered discretion to do whatever they want without any real checks and balances.

The BC NDP would have you believe they are there for the little guy but in this case, clearly they are willing to give ICBC unfettered powers to deny and limit payouts with injured victim being kicked to the curb. If you don’t like ICBC now, wait until they have this power without any real checks and balances.

A vote for the BC NDP on October 24 is a vote to empower ICBC to be the “judge, jury and executioner”.

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