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Alberta government looking at retooling auto insurance system

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Alberta’s UCP government is appointing an advisory committee to look at reforming the province’s automobile insurance system.

Finance Minister Travis Toews says Albertans pay among the highest rates in the country for auto insurance.  He says this government chose not to extend the rate cap under the NDP, because it actually made the problem worse, noting many people have had trouble accessing key insurance components such as collision and comprehensive coverage and payment plans.

“We know the automobile insurance industry in our province is no longer meeting Albertans’ needs. We pay some of the highest automobile insurance rates in the country. Our government is committed to addressing this problem and making necessary changes to automobile insurance. I look forward to the committee’s report and findings.”, says Toews.

The three-person committee includes a consumer representative as well as legal and medical experts. The committee will provide recommendations to government about how to stabilize and reduce the cost of auto insurance, while ensuring injured Albertans are protected with appropriate treatment and compensation in recovery.

Toews says the committee will report back to government in the spring with recommendations.

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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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