B.C. premier settles vehicle accident claim out of court

By Laila Yuile, City Hall

B.C. Premier Christy Clark. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)

A long-standing Supreme Court lawsuit naming B.C. Premier Christy Clark as a defendant was settled out of court just weeks prior to the upcoming provincial election, 24 hours has learned.

A statement of claim for an accident that took place in 2008 alleged the plaintiff in the case was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Clark, then a CKNW radio talk-show host. Mark Marissen, Clark’s ex-husband, was also named in the action as the leaseholder of the vehicle, along with Volvo Canada.

Court documents show Christine Joan Clarke and Mark Allan Marissen admitted in the course of legal discussions that Clark did hit the car, but disputed the injuries of the plaintiff among other items. It was countered that the plaintiff was also negligent and contributed to any resulting injuries suffered from the accident. Court staff confirmed the defendant was Christy Clark in 2011, when the story was first reported because of a difference in the spelling of her name on the documents.

In the statement of claim, Clarks name is spelled Clarke, not Clark.

The documents also show the defence had requested a trial by jury, scheduled for May 27 prior to the adjournment dated April 8.

When contacted by phone, counsel for Clark had no comment, while counsel for the plaintiff did confirm a settlement had been reached with no further details.

Earlier this week, Clark came under strong criticism when the Vancouver Sun revealed she drove through a red light with her son and a reporter in the car. Clark initially made light of the infraction when questioned by a Global reporter and apologized the next day, saying her actions were wrong.


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