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Open letter to the people of the Western Communities

December 21, 2019

On behalf of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, I am deeply sorry about the legal documents we filed related to the tragic collision that took the life of Constable Sarah Beckett. The decision to suggest Constable Beckett was liable for this collision in the initial legal documents was wholly inappropriate and we are instructing our counsel to immediately amend the defence to acknowledge Mr. Fenton is fully liable.

Our customers and staff live and work in the Western Communities – and we appreciate the impact this tragedy has had for all of you. We know that people are grieving the loss of Constable Beckett and we are sorry that we have added to that pain.

Please know that I have reached out to the Westshore RCMP detachment to apologize directly to them as well.
We were wrong and we are going to fix it. We will be reviewing and improving oversight of our litigation approach to avoid similar situations in the future.

I acknowledge that none of this can undo our mistake and the pain it has caused, but I hope my unreserved apology provides at least a small measure of consolation to Constable Beckett’s family and to your community.

 

Yours sincerely,

Nicolas Jimenez
President & CEO