Tories blame Liberals for skyrocketing auto insurance premiums

July 11, 2012 - All News

Staff Report
The Ontario PC Party criticized the McGuinty government for being responsible for the skyrocketing auto insurance premiums across the province and Brampton in particular.
The PC critic for auto insurance reform, Jeff Yurek, Tuesday evening hosted a town hall meeting in Brampton along with Pam Hundal and Todd McCarthy, PC candidates from Brampton-Springdale and Ajax-Pickering ridings respectively.
“The purpose of this town hall is to get feedback directly from you in the community on your experiences with auto insurance and how it affects your lives,” MPP Yurek told town hall attendees.
Auto insurance premiums have skyrocketed 26 per cent since the Liberal government took office in 2003, said Yurek.
He said despite this, MPP Dhillon and Jeffrey have been silent and the Liberal government has denied auto insurance is a problem.
Yurek said Brampton in particular has been hit hardest with average premiums edging above $1,900 per insured vehicle.
A significant number of people attended the meeting to provide their perspective on the auto insurance issue.
Yurek, Hundal, and McCarthy listened to the public and took notes as attendees gave their opinions.
Topics covered included reducing regulatory costs in the system, making the system more transparent, and eradicating frauds.
“I am an auto insurance customer like everyone else.  I see the problems we all face. The PC Caucus and I are working hard to develop policy to reform the system and give people relief on their premiums.  To do that, it’s important for us to hear your stories and give us feedback,” said Yurek.