Langley mushroom farm owner doesn’t want to pay fine

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

The owner of a Langley mushroom farm where three men died during a toxic gas leak in 2008, is looking to cancel the 120 thousand dollar fine imposed against his company.

Neil MacKenzie with the Criminal Justice Branch says Ha Qua Truong made the request in Provincial Court in Surrey on April 25th, saying the farm has been sold by a bank, and his company is no longer in business.

The judge said he had no jurisdiction to cancel the fine and dismissed Truong’s application.

BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair says Truong is lucky he’s not in jail.

“This is absolutely ridiculous, and a complete insult. Let’s not forget, five good human beings were either killed, or completely destroyed by the negligence of these employers, so you know, it’s outrageous really.”

Sinclair says the legal system lets negligent owners off too easily, and the de facto ban on putting them behind bars needs to end.

Truong has the option now to appeal to a higher court.

Comments

  1. “Sinclair says the legal system lets negligent owners off too easily, and the de facto ban on putting them behind bars needs to end.”
    Mr. Sinclair is wrong. There is nothing wrong with the legal system, it is working exactly the way its designers, politicians, intended. Every law in this country is written and passed by politicians. Every judge is appointed by politicians. Every Crown attorney is appointed by politicians. Every Chief Constable is appointed by politicians. Every time the legal system lets the people down, who is to blame? Politicians. Put the blame where it belongs.
    The solution to this is obvious, pay the fine within 30 days or go to jail for 5 years minimum.

  2. this bastard should be in jail. where is Anton she was just saying the other day that the lieberal government was doing everything they can and putting a ton of money onto workplace death investigation. Not one person has gone to jail for murdering works and it is a shame

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