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Readers tee off on MPI 'hiring spree'

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The Tories blasted a shuffling of executives at Manitoba Public Insurance following the departure of the Crown corporation's CEO.

�One of the things we noticed is that the  severity of these collisions increased, meaning there were more vehicles written off and greater levels of damage to the vehicles�

� MPI spokesman Brian Smiley

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The Tories blasted a shuffling of executives at Manitoba Public Insurance following the departure of the Crown corporation's CEO. �One of the things we noticed is that the severity of these collisions increased, meaning there were more vehicles written off and greater levels of damage to the vehicles� � MPI spokesman Brian Smiley

Readers had plenty to say about our story about Manitoba Public Insurance's "shuffling of portfolios" among existing vice-presidents. Tory MPI critic Kelvin Goertzen said asking for a rate increase while going on a hiring spree shows "chutzpah" on the part of the public automobile insurer, but not all readers agreed.

 

Not at all surprising from a government monopoly.

-- Ceedger

 

OMG they hired three executives! Such a spending spree!

-- Citizen#101

 

When you operate under a shroud of secrecy and even your shareholders are not informed of what is happening inside, your decisions will always be suspect, particularly when the only way we find things out is through the Freedom of Information Act. Even when good decisions are made they will be challenged, as we really do not trust the NDP or any of their subsidiaries (MPI, Hydro) to act in our best interest.

-- LWoodie

 

Talk about a non-article! The president retires, there's a shuffle of executives and there is one resulting opening at the executive level. Where's the story? This is ridiculous. Are they supposed to leave those positions unfulfilled? Goertzen was told that and then says the shuffling was ill-timed. What a goof!

-- parnell

 

MPI appears to be top-heavy with its management structure, and with the PUB openly critical of the way MPI spends money, why are there posters here defending what appears to be yet another wasteful expenditure by this provincial corporation? It is well-known the NDP directly influence if not outright control MPI and that the NDP are very poor money managers. And the partisan lemmings just keep on defending their masters' incompetency.

-- F8LXR09

 

I don't know what all the complaining is about. Over the last eight years my Autopac insurance costs have gone down, while my house insurance has gone up 153 per cent, or by 1 1/2 times. We should be complaining about our house insurance and not our car insurance. May I add I have had several car-insurance claims in the last eight years, but I have never had a claim on my house insurance.

-- 23702312

 

Hiring executives does not get the work done. Hiring workers does. Hiring workers is employment creation. Hiring executives is enriching one or two people when they could have provided jobs for at least eight or 10 people. This is crap and needs to end.

-- CNu2

 

My question is, if we have a mild or normal winter, will the rates go down or will the comrades on Broadway just give it to the unions?

-- bunny391

 

Must be doing something right though, if MPI has among the lowest auto-insurance rates in Canada. Compare that with private insurers, especially when the latter takes in premiums but denies or fights benefits. I'll take MPI over private insurance any day.

-- AdamantEthos

 

MPI downsized two years ago and have had a hiring freeze ever since. Except, of course, if you're in the executive category, it seems. They let my son go two years ago, but he was just front-line staff working on catastrophic injuries files. You can wait, can't you? The execs have to get theirs first, you know.

-- 23698967

 

I'd rather hear more about overall hirings, both within MPI, other crown corporations and within the overall bureaucracy. I'd also like to hear about how those jobs are benchmarked. Those would be more revealing.

-- anonymity_personified

 

Can you say "private insurance?"

-- shelbymav

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2014 A10

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