April 2, 2004
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The report of the Committee on Public Automobile Insurance was tabled in the Legislative Assembly this morning by Committee chair Elizabeth Weir (MLA - Saint John Harbour).
"This report represents a remarkable achievement," Weir said. "It represents an all-party agreement to a public automobile insurance model that is in the interests of the people of New Brunswick. This is what committee members were asked to do by the Legislative Assembly, to design a model that is appropriate to New Brunswick."
The 12-member committee has been working since September to examine public automobile insurance and come up with a model. Its deliberations lasted seven months and included public hearings in eight communities throughout the province.
"The members of this committee traveled the province, they listened to the people and they studied the complex question of automobile insurance," Weir said. "They came up with a made-in-New Brunswick model and produced a comprehensive report describing the model and how to implement it."
Weir said the recommended no-fault public automobile insurance model provides a high level of coverage with excellent benefits for all victims of automobile accidents. "And, the insurance premiums are fair and affordable for all New Brunswickers, regardless of where in the province they live," she said.
Weir said the Committee wants to emphasize that the proposed public automobile insurance system is funded by the premiums that drivers pay for insurance. There is no burden on the taxpayer.
Now that the committee's work has come to an end, Weir said it is up to the government to decide what it will do about automobile insurance in New Brunswick, but she is certain government will assess the report on public automobile insurance as it makes its decisions.
Copies of the report are available from the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1, Telephone : 506-453-5914, Fax: 506- 453-7154; from MLA constituency offices and on the Legislative Assembly website at: http://www.gnb.ca/legis/index-e.asp.
MEDIA CONTACT: Emelie Hubert, 506-453-2506.