George Sweeney, Opposition Government Services Critic and MHA for the
District of Carbonear - Harbour Grace, says it is about time that government
moved forward with meaningful reform of the insurance industry.
"I will be
watching closely tomorrow morning when government releases it’s insurance
reform package," said Sweeney. "I have been demanding reforms from this
government since they broke their promise to reform the insurance industry
18 months ago."
Sweeney says it is essential that government deal with the issue of high
insurance rates by implementing a meaningful limit on claims. "I have been
calling on the Minister of Government Services to implement the $2,500 cap
the Premier promised, yet she has refused to act for the past year and a
half. It is time that this government stopped rewarding rich insurance
companies and lawyers and protected the consumer."
The Liberal MHA will be looking for several things in the legislation
that will be tabled by the Minister tomorrow morning. "I expect to see the
implementation of a $2,500 cap on payments for pain and suffering, the
implementation of mandatory accident benefits, greater accountability of
insurance companies and an end to rating discrimination for young drivers.
"Consumers in this province continue to voice concerns to me about
problems they have with the insurance industry. Government had an
opportunity this time last year to deal with the problems and they refused
to act. I will continue to hold them accountable and fully expect they get
it right the second time around. No credit is due to a government that
failed to act 18 months ago on this same issue.
"I will be taking time to look at tomorrow’s legislation to determine if
it is what consumers have been seeking. If this legislation is not
acceptable, government should not expect to ram it through the House this
year like they did last June."