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Alberta divided on insurance reform

CALGARY, Alta. -- Insurance reform is underway in Alberta, but even though it could result in lower premiums, not e...


CALGARY, Alta. — Insurance reform is underway in Alberta, but even though it could result in lower premiums, not everyone’s a fan of the changes.

The provincial government is taking a look at capping the payout for soft tissue injuries at $2,500 according to local news reports. That’s exactly what the insurance industry has asked for, but Laurie Tomlinson, spokesperson for the Alliance for Fair Insurance, disagrees with the plan.

“I find it appalling that the insurance industry, and the government’s willingness to go along with it, can trivialize someone’s injury, pain and suffering, which (may not) necessarily heal in six weeks, six months or even six years,” Tomlinson said at a Calgary town hall meeting.

She went on to suggest the insurance industry has fabricated a crisis for itself in order to convince the government to cap payouts. As a result, Tomlinson says insurers could save as much as $500 million.

The town hall also provided a voice for some victims of accidents to speak out.

“Someone chose to drink, chose to drive and chose to leave the scene,” said nurse Cherylyn Hunter, whose career came to an end after being struck by an impaired driver.”I live in chronic pain and my life has been turned upside down … and they’re going to give me $2,500 and say there, there, it’s okay?”


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