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Fredericton July 9, 2003 The New Brunswick Senior Citizens Council (NBSCC) in partnership with the Canadian Union of Public Employees New Brunswick (CUPE NB) will be hosting a symposium entitled Public auto insurance: The Manitoba experience on Thursday July 17, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Fredericton Inn.

The lack of factual information concerning public auto insurance and the Manitoba experience have prompted us to join forces in order to inform New Brunswickers from all walks of life on the benefits of public auto insurance and the cost of implementing such a system in New Brunswick, said Ed Levert, President of the New Brunswick Senior Citizens Council.

The guest speaker for the event will be Mr. Paul Moist, Vice-President of the Board of directors of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation. In his presentation, Mr. Moist will attempt to answer such questions as: What are the costs, coverage, rehabilitation, wage replacements, long and short term benefits to motorists and what happens to profit surpluses? Why is there no need for the Facilities Association in Manitoba? Why does Manitoba have the lowest rates in Canada while covering all the basics? Can a motorist purchase additional coverage when traveling to another country? What percentage of total revenue is returned to programs on a yearly basis? Do private insurance companies still exist in Manitoba? What is their role?

According to Mr. Levert, We have all heard the other side of the story, now lets hear the facts! If New Brunswickers and senior groups want to have good factual information on public auto insurance, they should attend this very important symposium, where we are going to discuss the realities and the benefits of the public auto insurance.

CUPE NB President, David Rouse, said the premiums paid by new Brunswickers are an aberration. New Brunswick motorists are now more confused than ever. During the election campaign, Premier Lord made several different promises regarding auto insurance. According to our research, the true solution to the New Brunswick insurance fiasco is the implementation of public auto insurance. The premium increases experienced by New Brunswickers have been the highest in the history of Canada. To achieve stability and justice for the New Brunswick motorists, we must endorse the public auto insurance system. There is no other way to stop this abuse by the insurance companies, said Rouse.

Mr. Levert hopes that Premier Lord and Justice Minister Brad Green will attend the July 17th Symposium so that they can get factual information on the benefits and cost of implementing a public auto insurance system.

Public in general and all elected officials are also invited to attend this very important symposium.

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For more information:
David Rouse, President CUPE NB
(506) 432-0618

Ed Levert, President NBSCC
(506) 546-6435