Doly Begum MPP, Scarborough Southwest

Government of Ontario

Horwath and the NDP to Scarborough hold town hall about lowering sky-high auto insurance rates

Published on November 8, 2018

Ford Conservatives voted against NDP bill to lower rates – paved the way for another 9% increase.

Doug Ford blocked NDP legislation that would have lowered auto insurance rates – but the NDP isn’t giving up. Andrea Horwath and her NDP MPPs are hosting auto insurance town halls to hear from families and commuters about their auto rates and keeping up the fight for lower auto insurance premiums.

On Thursday, Horwath will hold a town hall in Scarborough, joined by NDP Auto Insurance critic Gurratan Singh and Scarborough Southwest MPP Doly Begum.

“Families throughout the GTA have faced high auto insurance rates for years, and it’s making it more and more expensive to get to work and school,” said Horwath. “Our bill would have ended postal code discrimination, banning insurance companies from charging people more just because they live in Scarborough or Brampton. Doug Ford’s Conservatives voted no on that bill. They chose their friends in the insurance business over families who are getting gouged.

“It doesn’t have to be this way. New Democrats will listen to families, and keep putting solutions on the table to fix auto insurance until we finally get those rates down.”

According to the Financial Service Commission of Ontario, one of the first things Doug Ford did when he took office was to pave the way for a nine per cent hike to auto insurance rates that are already too high.

New Democrats held a similar auto insurance town hall Brampton last month, and will hold one in Humber River - Black Creek on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

“Ending posting code discrimination and bringing rates down is the right thing to do,” said Horwath. “It’s disappointing that Ford is taking us backwards, and making families pay even more to insure their family car.

“I’m excited to be in Scarborough tonight to talk to people about real solutions that will make life more affordable for GTA families.”