Not that people are dying to have this done, but British Columbia has the lowest autopsy rate in Canada. As a result, too many deaths and possible homicides are not being investigated. The rate of autopsies in BC dropped from 30 per cent in 2006 to 19.2 percent in 2012. The highest rate of autopsies occurs in the North West Territories and Newfoundland at 42 percent. The average rate in the rest of Canada is about 35 per cent. The B.C. Coroners Service budget has steadily been cut to $11.7 million this year from $17.3 million in 2008/09. Lisa Lapointe ,Chief Coroner, Province of British Columbia said in a statement issued to respond to this situation, that police officers and coroners are routinely called to the scene of sudden and unexpected deaths. ³Each death is initially treated as suspicious until foul play can be ruled out, unless a death is due to natural causes of a person under the care of a physician. The Coroners Service does not have legal jurisdiction to investigate these. In any other death, both police and the coroner will undertake a thorough review of the circumstances of the death before determining that there is no evidence of foul play. If foul play is suspected, a criminal investigation by police is launched. Autopsy decisions are made in consultation with the regional coroner after carefully and objectively considering all available information," said Lapointe. " An autopsy will be ordered if cause of death cannot be established though examination of the scene, body and history. Where the preponderance of evidence gathered clearly supports a cause of death, an autopsy will not be undertaken."