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Horgan says he's not surprised to hear about body shops over-billing ICBC

Last Updated Nov 3, 2017 at 9:14 am PST

(John Ackermann, NEWS 1130 staff photo)
Summary

Following NEWS 1130 story, BC's premier says body shops over-billing ICBC is one of many problems his gov't inherited

Horgan says former Liberal gov't chose to turn blind eye to several issues at Crown corporations

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Now that an audit aimed at cutting waste, fraud, and over-billing at ICBC has been launched, Premier John Horgan says he’s not surprised to hear some body shops may have been inflating invoices as far back as 2001.

Following an exclusive story NEWS 1130 brought you earlier this week, John Horgan argues this problem is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to due diligence that should have been done by the former Liberal government over the last 16 years.

“That have now come home to roost — whether it be ICBC, the consequences of deferred debt at BC Hydro, decisions that circumvented the Utilities Commission, turning a blind eye to money laundering and potential other improprieties within the Lottery Corporation’s purview.”

“I did not expect to inherit the worst fire season in BC history. I did not expect to inherit a softwood lumber agreement that went sideways,” he adds.

But he says the former Liberal government chose to turn a blind eye to several issues that could have been resolved at Crown corporations — including BC Hydro, BC Lotteries, and the once-profitable ICBC which lost nearly half a billion dollars last year.

Horgan says a number of reviews are now underway, but he cautions no fixes will be quick.

“We’re going to work as diligently as we can to address these issues as they emerge and I think most British Columbians understand that they’re not quick fixes to many of the issues we’ve uncovered.”

Horgan is also promising tackle the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as taking steps to make housing more affordable in Metro Vancouver.