George Sweeney, Opposition Government Services Critic and
MHA for Carbonear-Harbour Grace District, says upcoming insurance review
hearings and public consultations are an opportunity for members of the
general public to voice their frustrations and concerns with current and
proposed automobile insurance legislation.
would encourage all members of the public to make representation at these
meetings and to read over the terms of reference and consultantís report
www.pub.nl.ca)," said Sweeney. "Some
of the possible reforms could drastically change the insurance system in
this province and it is essential that the views of the public are heard and
understood by government and the Public Utilities Board (PUB).
"The government appointed Consumer Advocate will be
holding meetings this week to explain the various reform options and to
receive feedback from the public. I encourage all members of the public to
attend these sessions being held across the province."
Sweeney says he has concerns with the way government
has addressed the insurance issue since taking office in 2003. "I have
stated since last year that the reform package passed in the House of
Assembly will not address the long-term problems in the insurance industry.
I will be seeking further premium reductions that consumers should have
received over the past 12 months."
Meetings will be held in St. Johnís February 8th
at the Fairmont Newfoundland, Grand Falls-Windsor February 9th at
the Mount Peyton Hotel, and Corner Brook February 10th at the
Glynmill Inn. The sessions are all being held from 7:30-9:30pm and are open
to all members of the public.