EDMONTON, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Associate Chief Justice Neil Wittman's decision
that the Alberta Government's automobile insurance policy discriminates
against victims of collisions means there will be a new opportunity to develop
better automobile insurance laws, according to the President of the Alberta
Civil Trial Lawyers, Association (ACTLA).
Arthur Wilson, Q.C., commented the Alberta Government's automobile
insurance reforms of 2004 made some improvements for Albertans, the anomaly of
limiting claims on victims who suffered significant soft tissue injuries can
be now rectified.
"Our Association looks forward to working with the Government to find a
solution that is fair to victims and to those who must buy auto insurance,"
the ACTLA President said. "This is a new beginning".
"It is our duty as responsible members of the legal profession to help
ensure Government policies comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms and are applicable to all Albertans," he said.
The Association supported the case of two victims of automobile crashes
who argued that the Government's law that sets a limit of $4,000 for pain and
suffering for most soft tissue injuries incurred by the victims of automobile
collisions contravened Section 15 of the Charter, which prevents
discrimination against a group of people based on disability.
"We now urge the Government to accept the decision and repeal the minor
injury regulation while consultation with stakeholders occurs," Wilson
For further information:
For further information: Arthur Wilson, Q.C., President, ACTLA, (780)
938-7521; Lyn Bromilow, Executive Director, ACTLA, 1-800-665-7248, (780)