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New Poll: 61% of Albertans reject no-fault auto insurance

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A new poll by Nanos Research for FAIR Alberta shows the majority of Albertans reject no-fault auto insurance.

Asked their preference regarding vehicle insurance and who they trust to make decisions about compensation and recovery in case of accidents, the poll found three times as many Albertans, 61%, prefer an “at-fault” system.

Albertans are seven times more likely to trust the courts to determine fair compensation for an automobile accident compared to insurance companies.

Keith McLaughlin, spokesperson for FAIR Alberta, says people in this province need affordable auto insurance, accountability for drivers and insurance companies. He stresses no-fault does none of that.

The results are part of an online survey of over 500 Alberta residents.

Key findings of this poll:

  • A majority (61%) prefer an at-fault automobile insurance system over a “no-fault” system
  • A majority (69%) trust a judge or the courts most to determine what is fair compensation for a victim seriously injured by an impaired driver
  • Seven in ten say they would want a medical provider of their choice to make decisions about their recovery and compensation if they were injured in a collision
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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