Some road rage from com­menters

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APLAN by MPI and the Selinger gov­ern­ment to have the pub­lic in­surer pick up the tab for cer­tain road and street re­pairs that would boost driver safety had our read­ers lean­ing on their horns

Awe­some wedge is­sue. The NDP is just look­ing for an­other back- door way to tax us. Open up the prov­ince to com­pe­ti­tion and then see if MPI is still gung- ho to fund roads. This mo­nop­oly pop­py­cock has to end.

— Blue Rod Blog This is dis­hon­est at best. Road re­pairs do need to be paid for and tra­di­tion­ally, this has been funded by some form of tax. For the NDP to now start fund­ing needed road re­pairs us­ing Au­topac rev­enues and not call­ing it a TAX is dis­hon­est. If the NDP needs to tax more to pay for road re­pairs, then please tax more, but be hon­est about it so we the tax­pay­ers can fairly eval­u­ate your abil­ity to man­age our taxes.

— fooch I think so long as MPI can pro­vide a busi­ness case for each lo­ca­tion. That is to say they need to demon­strate that their in­vest­ment in that spe­cific re­pair project is likely go­ing to be cov­ered by the re­duc­tion in claims, then it makes good busi­ness sense to do the work.

ManiSNOWba Proud

— Tro­phy Time They are also do­nat­ing their “prof­its,” or our money, to the CMHR.

Man­i­toba Hy­dro, the Man­i­toba Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion, Man­i­toba Lot­ter­ies Cor­po­ra­tion, MPI Spe­cial Risk Ex­ten­sion all gave be­tween $ 1 mil­lion to $ 2 mil­lion to the CMH Win­nipegHome

I un­der­stand that this goes be­hind their man­date. Though this is no dif­fer­ent then when In­sur­ance com­pa­nies had their own fire halls and when they help with the suc­cess of Un­der­writ­ers Lab­o­ra­to­ries. This is just them mit­i­gat­ing their, and most and im­por­tantly your, po­ten­tial for fu­ture loss.

— kev­mac89 Hey, I need a new truck be­cause my old one is 24 years old and the brakes are not so good. So to im­prove pub­lic safety I would like all of the Au­topac ratepay­ers to buy me a new one.

Thank you very much, NDP.

[email protected] winn Ap­par­ently, Man­i­to­bans hate to save money with for­ward- think­ing ideas. This type of pol­icy is ap­plied in B. C. and in the U. S. be­cause it is far cheaper for an in­sur­ance com­pany to pay for mi­nor up­grades than to pay out all the claims at these lo­ca­tions. Should it be done by the prov­ince and cities? Yes, but there is not al­ways a bud­get for these up­grades. All I need to ask is why would you be against low­er­ing costs? Are these com­ments com­ing from the same peo­ple that were against the in­stal­la­tion of im­mo­bi­liz­ers? Those saved money in the long run, and were crit­i­cized just like these pro­grams.

— moun­tain­rage As a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple, MPI should not be pay­ing for road re­pairs. It con­fuses their man­date and po­ten­tially cre­ates a longer- term sit­u­a­tion where in­sur­ance rates would rise so ve­hi­cle own­ers would be re­spon­si­ble for roads. The roads are used by ev­ery­one ( pub­lic trans­porta­tion, non- Man­i­toba cars and trucks) so they are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ment. Keep it as is.

— D in Wpg I’ll keep say­ing it un­til some­one lis­tens. MPI has gone off the rails a long time ago. The orig­i­nal man­date to pro­vide qual­ity auto in­sur­ance at cost has been for­got­ten. They have be­come an over- bloated bu­reau­cracy, top- heavy with em­pire- build­ing man­age­ment of ques­tion­able abil­ity. A full in­de­pen­dent and trans­par­ent re­view has never hap­pened and is long over­due.

— pen­tax99 I love MPI. Their TV com­mer­cials build aware­ness on road rules and safe be­hav­iours. They do an awe­some job fi­nanc­ing driv­ing cour­ses through schools. They ap­proach their mis­sion with a sense of part­ner­ship a dose of prag­ma­tism — the roads are un­safe, let’s help make them safe. No need to get po­lit­i­cal about this, it’s prac­ti­cal. And I for one ap­pre­ci­ate their ini­tia­tive.

— Zabou Don’t know why the Cons are op­posed to this. Isn’t it a form of “user- pay”? They pre­fer that big brother should pay the tab?

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