Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 29/10/2012 (1335 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
MPI says it has public support for its idea of funding infrastructure to make roads safer and thereby reduce claims. All this is far too self-serving to accept without proof. While I congratulate the tall foreheads at MPI for thinking outside the box, I believe they should step back into it because the money I pay them is for auto insurance. If they have more money than they need to provide this service, which seems to be the case, I would like the excess I've paid returned to me forthwith. So the suits in the MPI boardroom can't fail to understand: It's called a refund.
I am puzzled as to why MPI wants to spend monies on infrastructure. Is this in their legislated mandate? If MPI wants to spend monies on non-insurance matters, why don't they have sand/salt trucks on standby to make bridges and overpasses safer when freezing precipitation is forecast?
I seem to remember a time when the government introduced a gas tax to go toward our crumbling streets. How has that worked out? Now our insurance money is supposed to go toward our crumbling streets. What next, our health-care dollars?
If MPI wants to decrease accidents, why doesn't it return premiums to all the cash-strapped Manitobans who have not had an accident in the last year? Now there is an incentive! But that sort of incentive is never part of "innovative thinking" in Manitoba.
We all knew it was only a matter of time. Our NDP government and the board of MPI finally came up with an idea on how to sell Manitobans on the idea of using auto-insurance premiums to fund infrastructure in this province. Well, some of us realize that calling this misuse of auto-insurance premiums an "investment" is pure bunk.
What this decision is actually all about is adding MPI to the list of government Crown corporation piggy banks. Hydro has been the major piggy bank over the years and now we're going to have MPI added to the list. Be assured that with this decision by MPI, and with the new management that has recently been put in place at Hydro, Manitobans will be seeing much higher rates from both Crown corporations over the next years.