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.