The mother of a teen who died after taking drugs on a party bus is hoping this time something’s different.
Julie Raymond is heading to Victoria tomorrow, as the NDP introduces another private member’s bill to tackle safety in the troubled industry.
Raymond’s 16-year-old daughter Shannon died eight years ago in a party bus incident.
It’s something she hopes another family doesn’t have to go through.
Raymond has long been advocating for chaperones on busses, something included in a private member’s bill from NDP MLA George Heyman which will be introduced again.
This time, she hopes it gets government support.
“I don’t know why the government is hesitating. To me it seems like a no brainer.”
Raymond says other jurisdictions, like B.C.’s neighbour to the south, have already acted.
“Washington did it and that state hasn’t suffered any deaths.”
It comes as the province prepares for a busy party bus season, with high school graduation just a month away.
Vancouver police are still investigating another tragic party bus death, in which a 23-year-old woman from Langley died in January after falling from a party bus in in Vancouver.