Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline – PR Leap (press release)

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline

August 23, 2016   Business News

(PRLEAP.COM) August 23, 2016 – Shop Insurance Canada (ShopInsuranceCanada.ca) says Ontario auto insurance rates will decrease further through the second half of 2016 after a
solid second quarter
from the FSCO. The industry expert says the government is continuing to lower prices and that is only good news for consumers.

Ontario auto insurance premiums may be lowering during the remainder of the year after an encouraging second quarter. That’s according to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), with the regulatory body handed out quarterly rate approvals for Q2.

Auto insurance companies decreased their premiums almost across the board in the province. Indeed, one insurer managed to decrease their rates by a significant 6.83%. The province has already decreased average auto insurance premiums by over 10%, but missed out on an overall goal to drop rates by 16% by August 2015.

Some insurance providers managed to keep rates static, while other had modest declines of 0.38%. The FSCO ultimately says that more could have been done:

FSCO says “Approved rates increased on average by 0.33% when applied across the total market”. For comparison, Ontario’s auto insurance reforms led to an average rate decrease of 3.07% last quarter.

Shop Insurance Canada says any decline should be commended, even if it is on a per company basis. The online expert says that despite past errors, the government is continuing to push in the right direction, although not everyone should expect lower rates because of these Q2 results.

“So, does this mean anything for the average motorist? Potentially, but drivers should not get excited about guaranteed auto insurance declines. Indeed these figures represent average numbers, with some companies dropping rates and others not. In other words, some will see changes, but other simply will not.”

The only way to find out is to contact your insurer and find out if they have dropped insurance rates recently. If you are due for renegotiation of policy then you could be in line for a lower auto insurance premium.

About Shop Insurance Canada

Shop Insurance Canada is a Toronto based company that specializes in delivering the best auto insurance products to customers around Ontario and Canada. The
online insurance quoting tool
uses an engine that is easy to use and accurate enough to deliver the best auto insurance quotes from over 25 of Canada’s leading providers. Shop Insurance Canada also offers expert advice on the auto insurance industry, as well as guides and news to help customers find the best deal possible.

Shop Insurance Canada

1003-60 Bathrust St.

Toronto, Ontario

M5V 2P4

Canada

416-913-0151

Contact Information

Luke Jones

Shop Insurance Canada

416-913-0151

Ethics watchdog to review Philpott car use – Waterloo Record

OTTAWA — Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is now examining whether Health Minister Jane Philpott violated the Conflict of Interest Act in her use of a high-end car service owned by a Liberal supporter.

Dawson’s probe, to be conducted in private, will focus on a section of the act pertaining to “preferential treatment.”

It comes after Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wrote to the commissioner over the revelation that Philpott paid a limousine company ,700 on one day for service and more than ,900 on another day.

The commissioner cannot comment on the review, but a public report will be issued once it is complete.

Philpott announced last Thursday she would repay the cost of these trips totalling just over ,700, while admitting these were “excessive costs” related to her work travel.

The minister’s department is also examining 20 rides from her home to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport totalling ,815, while it also conducts a wide-ranging review of all other ministerial expenses.

She has promised to pay back any other filings deemed to be inappropriate.

“We will make sure that we do an appropriate review that involves working with the department, that involves working with my office, whoever needs to be involved in that to make sure it is done properly,” Philpott said Tuesday in Vancouver.

Reza Shirani — the owner of the vehicle company who canvassed for the minister during the last federal election — told The Canadian Press the minister was driven in a Lexus ES 300 and admitted he was personally in the driver’s seat on July 12.

On that day, Philpott billed taxpayers a total of ,994 for transportation around a speaking engagement at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Philpott’s office said Tuesday it has received notice from the commissioner.

“The minister will work in full co-operation with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner,” it said in a statement.

Carrie said he trusts the commissioner will give Philpott’s use of the company a “thorough review.”

“The minister knew this was a partisan, a supporter of hers,” Carrie said in an interview. “She utilized the service to the point which is up to three times the going rate. … Canadians are outraged.”

The fact the ethics commissioner is looking into this issue shows the matter is serious in nature, NDP MP Charlie Angus said Tuesday.

“The issue of getting caught and paying the money back is secondary to the larger issue that ministers of the Crown are obliged to follow very clear rules on ethics to make sure that they’re not being seen to be giving preferential treatment to friends and insiders,” Angus said.

“If that happened in this case, then that’s a breach of the minister’s own code and a breach of the ethical guidelines. It has to be investigated.”

The minister is also reimbursing taxpayers for 0 for the use of Air Canada lounges in North America and Europe.

Late Monday, the minister promised to repay the money after the Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain the receipt for the one-year “Maple Leaf Club North America Plus” membership. A copy of the document was provided to The Canadian Press.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has also been under the microscope for her spending after it was revealed she spent ,600 for photography documenting the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.

“This is a long-standing practice under previous governments, including the Conservative government, because clearly pictures are an important way that we communicate the government business to Canadians,” McKenna said at an Ottawa event.

There are ways to reduce costs, she added, noting her department will conduct its own review of expenses.

The government originally thought the Paris photography cost was higher, but McKenna acknowledged her office made a erroneous currency conversion.

The minister still owes Canadians an apology and a repayment, said Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the Liberal party “led the way” on proactively disclosing expenses in 2013, adding his government will continue to look for “new and more robust ways” of disclosing the use of public dollars.

“We are always willing to discuss and look at new ways of demonstrating the kind of openness and transparency across government that we know Canadians expect,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.

The prime minister has offered all talk and no action so far, Carrie said.

“There’s nothing there that will say that the prime minister will actually do something about this,” he said. “It is a trend — we’ve seen it with the minister of health, now the minister of the environment, and he should be taking a proactive approach to examine his other ministers.”

—with files from Terry Pedwell in Ottawa and Camille Bains in Vancouver

Follow @kkirkup on Twitter

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave an incorrect total for a payment to a Paris photographer. The minister’s office said it made a erroneous currency conversion

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline – PR Leap (press release)

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline

August 23, 2016   Business News

(PRLEAP.COM) August 23, 2016 – Shop Insurance Canada (ShopInsuranceCanada.ca) says Ontario auto insurance rates will decrease further through the second half of 2016 after a
solid second quarter
from the FSCO. The industry expert says the government is continuing to lower prices and that is only good news for consumers.

Ontario auto insurance premiums may be lowering during the remainder of the year after an encouraging second quarter. That’s according to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), with the regulatory body handed out quarterly rate approvals for Q2.

Auto insurance companies decreased their premiums almost across the board in the province. Indeed, one insurer managed to decrease their rates by a significant 6.83%. The province has already decreased average auto insurance premiums by over 10%, but missed out on an overall goal to drop rates by 16% by August 2015.

Some insurance providers managed to keep rates static, while other had modest declines of 0.38%. The FSCO ultimately says that more could have been done:

FSCO says “Approved rates increased on average by 0.33% when applied across the total market”. For comparison, Ontario’s auto insurance reforms led to an average rate decrease of 3.07% last quarter.

Shop Insurance Canada says any decline should be commended, even if it is on a per company basis. The online expert says that despite past errors, the government is continuing to push in the right direction, although not everyone should expect lower rates because of these Q2 results.

“So, does this mean anything for the average motorist? Potentially, but drivers should not get excited about guaranteed auto insurance declines. Indeed these figures represent average numbers, with some companies dropping rates and others not. In other words, some will see changes, but other simply will not.”

The only way to find out is to contact your insurer and find out if they have dropped insurance rates recently. If you are due for renegotiation of policy then you could be in line for a lower auto insurance premium.

About Shop Insurance Canada

Shop Insurance Canada is a Toronto based company that specializes in delivering the best auto insurance products to customers around Ontario and Canada. The
online insurance quoting tool
uses an engine that is easy to use and accurate enough to deliver the best auto insurance quotes from over 25 of Canada’s leading providers. Shop Insurance Canada also offers expert advice on the auto insurance industry, as well as guides and news to help customers find the best deal possible.

Shop Insurance Canada

1003-60 Bathrust St.

Toronto, Ontario

M5V 2P4

Canada

416-913-0151

Contact Information

Luke Jones

Shop Insurance Canada

416-913-0151

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline – PR Leap (press release)

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline

August 23, 2016   Business News

(PRLEAP.COM) August 23, 2016 – Shop Insurance Canada (ShopInsuranceCanada.ca) says Ontario auto insurance rates will decrease further through the second half of 2016 after a
solid second quarter
from the FSCO. The industry expert says the government is continuing to lower prices and that is only good news for consumers.

Ontario auto insurance premiums may be lowering during the remainder of the year after an encouraging second quarter. That’s according to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), with the regulatory body handed out quarterly rate approvals for Q2.

Auto insurance companies decreased their premiums almost across the board in the province. Indeed, one insurer managed to decrease their rates by a significant 6.83%. The province has already decreased average auto insurance premiums by over 10%, but missed out on an overall goal to drop rates by 16% by August 2015.

Some insurance providers managed to keep rates static, while other had modest declines of 0.38%. The FSCO ultimately says that more could have been done:

FSCO says “Approved rates increased on average by 0.33% when applied across the total market”. For comparison, Ontario’s auto insurance reforms led to an average rate decrease of 3.07% last quarter.

Shop Insurance Canada says any decline should be commended, even if it is on a per company basis. The online expert says that despite past errors, the government is continuing to push in the right direction, although not everyone should expect lower rates because of these Q2 results.

“So, does this mean anything for the average motorist? Potentially, but drivers should not get excited about guaranteed auto insurance declines. Indeed these figures represent average numbers, with some companies dropping rates and others not. In other words, some will see changes, but other simply will not.”

The only way to find out is to contact your insurer and find out if they have dropped insurance rates recently. If you are due for renegotiation of policy then you could be in line for a lower auto insurance premium.

About Shop Insurance Canada

Shop Insurance Canada is a Toronto based company that specializes in delivering the best auto insurance products to customers around Ontario and Canada. The
online insurance quoting tool
uses an engine that is easy to use and accurate enough to deliver the best auto insurance quotes from over 25 of Canada’s leading providers. Shop Insurance Canada also offers expert advice on the auto insurance industry, as well as guides and news to help customers find the best deal possible.

Shop Insurance Canada

1003-60 Bathrust St.

Toronto, Ontario

M5V 2P4

Canada

416-913-0151

Contact Information

Luke Jones

Shop Insurance Canada

416-913-0151

Ethics watchdog to review Philpott car use – Waterloo Record

OTTAWA — Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is now examining whether Health Minister Jane Philpott violated the Conflict of Interest Act in her use of a high-end car service owned by a Liberal supporter.

Dawson’s probe, to be conducted in private, will focus on a section of the act pertaining to “preferential treatment.”

It comes after Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wrote to the commissioner over the revelation that Philpott paid a limousine company ,700 on one day for service and more than ,900 on another day.

The commissioner cannot comment on the review, but a public report will be issued once it is complete.

Philpott announced last Thursday she would repay the cost of these trips totalling just over ,700, while admitting these were “excessive costs” related to her work travel.

The minister’s department is also examining 20 rides from her home to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport totalling ,815, while it also conducts a wide-ranging review of all other ministerial expenses.

She has promised to pay back any other filings deemed to be inappropriate.

“We will make sure that we do an appropriate review that involves working with the department, that involves working with my office, whoever needs to be involved in that to make sure it is done properly,” Philpott said Tuesday in Vancouver.

Reza Shirani — the owner of the vehicle company who canvassed for the minister during the last federal election — told The Canadian Press the minister was driven in a Lexus ES 300 and admitted he was personally in the driver’s seat on July 12.

On that day, Philpott billed taxpayers a total of ,994 for transportation around a speaking engagement at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Philpott’s office said Tuesday it has received notice from the commissioner.

“The minister will work in full co-operation with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner,” it said in a statement.

Carrie said he trusts the commissioner will give Philpott’s use of the company a “thorough review.”

“The minister knew this was a partisan, a supporter of hers,” Carrie said in an interview. “She utilized the service to the point which is up to three times the going rate. … Canadians are outraged.”

The fact the ethics commissioner is looking into this issue shows the matter is serious in nature, NDP MP Charlie Angus said Tuesday.

“The issue of getting caught and paying the money back is secondary to the larger issue that ministers of the Crown are obliged to follow very clear rules on ethics to make sure that they’re not being seen to be giving preferential treatment to friends and insiders,” Angus said.

“If that happened in this case, then that’s a breach of the minister’s own code and a breach of the ethical guidelines. It has to be investigated.”

The minister is also reimbursing taxpayers for 0 for the use of Air Canada lounges in North America and Europe.

Late Monday, the minister promised to repay the money after the Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain the receipt for the one-year “Maple Leaf Club North America Plus” membership. A copy of the document was provided to The Canadian Press.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has also been under the microscope for her spending after it was revealed she spent ,600 for photography documenting the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.

“This is a long-standing practice under previous governments, including the Conservative government, because clearly pictures are an important way that we communicate the government business to Canadians,” McKenna said at an Ottawa event.

There are ways to reduce costs, she added, noting her department will conduct its own review of expenses.

The government originally thought the Paris photography cost was higher, but McKenna acknowledged her office made a erroneous currency conversion.

The minister still owes Canadians an apology and a repayment, said Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the Liberal party “led the way” on proactively disclosing expenses in 2013, adding his government will continue to look for “new and more robust ways” of disclosing the use of public dollars.

“We are always willing to discuss and look at new ways of demonstrating the kind of openness and transparency across government that we know Canadians expect,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.

The prime minister has offered all talk and no action so far, Carrie said.

“There’s nothing there that will say that the prime minister will actually do something about this,” he said. “It is a trend — we’ve seen it with the minister of health, now the minister of the environment, and he should be taking a proactive approach to examine his other ministers.”

—with files from Terry Pedwell in Ottawa and Camille Bains in Vancouver

Follow @kkirkup on Twitter

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave an incorrect total for a payment to a Paris photographer. The minister’s office said it made a erroneous currency conversion

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

McPhail’s celebrates a century of cycling – Waterloo Record

WATERLOO — McPhail’s Cycle & Sports isn’t, technically, a century-old family business.

After all, it’s had three different owners, from three different families, throughout its hundred-year history in uptown Waterloo.

But it certainly feels like one.

“We always joke we’ve been here since we were five,” says Jen Bonneville, who, along with brothers Jordan and Jason, has grown up in the business her parents Debbie and Gary purchased in 1989.

Gary had been working at McPhail’s for 17 years before buying the shop from owners Roy and Margaret Marks. The Marks, in turn, had worked for founder Stu McPhail for several years before they purchased the business in 1965.

There’s a continuity in the customer base, too, with grandparents bringing their grandchildren in to the store where they got their first bike.

“They’ve kind of made it a family tradition,” Jen Bonneville says. “We hear that story all the time. It’s great.”

While the “& Sports” part of the business has seen forays into everything from dart boards to cross-country skis — hockey gear has been a focus for some time now — bicycles and accessories have been a constant since day one.

Walking through the showroom at the corner of King Street North and Young Street East — McPhail’s third location since opening in 1916 — you see everything from colourful little children’s bikes, complete with training wheels, to high-end road and racing models.

Prices start at about 0 for children’s bicycles and at about 0 for adults. Key brands include Specialized, Kona, Cervelo, Raleigh and Opus. Popular accessories include helmets, locks, lights, racks and fenders. Clear-outs of discounted previous-season bicycles are a big draw for area students.

In terms of trends, hybrids are quite popular, Bonneville says.

“Most casual riders don’t need a mountain bike and don’t need a road bike,” she says.

Along with more people becoming interested in commuting by bicycle, there’s a growing move toward cycling as a family-friendly healthy activity, Bonneville says.

McPhail’s also provides a year-round service department, with a basement filled with all sorts of bikes in various states of repair.

“We do lots and lots of repairs,” Bonneville says. “We deal with all kinds of bikes, any make or model.”

Their experienced mechanics stick to repairs and tune-ups and don’t divide their time on the sales floor. Many of their customers who race or compete in triathlons will call on the expertise of one mechanic, Jamie Merrifield, in particular.

McPhail’s is a head sponsor of the Waterloo Cycling Club and provides support and repairs for its road race team, Bonneville says.

Equally well-versed are McPhail’s sales staff, many of whom were hired fairly young and end up staying for years. There are presently about 17 full and part-time employees, not including owners Gary and Debbie Bonneville.

The winter months see an emphasis on hockey equipment at McPhail’s — notwithstanding the demand for Christmas bicycle and accessory purchases, off-season repairs and some diehard all-season cyclists.

From sticks to skates, the store carries a wide range of gear and offers a range of services including skate sharpening, custom fitting and team deals.

McPhail’s also offers a bicycle and skate trade-in program toward the purchase of new merchandise, and sells refurbished used equipment.

“We have such a focus on our customers and customer service,” Bonneville says.

“To relate to our customers and to know they’re satisfied, that’s what we strive for. That’s our biggest goal,” she says. “They’re spending their hard-earned money. They trust us, and it means the world to us.”

Techera, Whitecaps beat Sporting KC 3-0 – Waterloo Record

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Cristian Techera celebrates his second goal against Sporting Kansas City during second half CONCACAF Champions League soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday August 23, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ethics watchdog to review Philpott car use – Waterloo Record

OTTAWA — Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is now examining whether Health Minister Jane Philpott violated the Conflict of Interest Act in her use of a high-end car service owned by a Liberal supporter.

Dawson’s probe, to be conducted in private, will focus on a section of the act pertaining to “preferential treatment.”

It comes after Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wrote to the commissioner over the revelation that Philpott paid a limousine company ,700 on one day for service and more than ,900 on another day.

The commissioner cannot comment on the review, but a public report will be issued once it is complete.

Philpott announced last Thursday she would repay the cost of these trips totalling just over ,700, while admitting these were “excessive costs” related to her work travel.

The minister’s department is also examining 20 rides from her home to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport totalling ,815, while it also conducts a wide-ranging review of all other ministerial expenses.

She has promised to pay back any other filings deemed to be inappropriate.

“We will make sure that we do an appropriate review that involves working with the department, that involves working with my office, whoever needs to be involved in that to make sure it is done properly,” Philpott said Tuesday in Vancouver.

Reza Shirani — the owner of the vehicle company who canvassed for the minister during the last federal election — told The Canadian Press the minister was driven in a Lexus ES 300 and admitted he was personally in the driver’s seat on July 12.

On that day, Philpott billed taxpayers a total of ,994 for transportation around a speaking engagement at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Philpott’s office said Tuesday it has received notice from the commissioner.

“The minister will work in full co-operation with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner,” it said in a statement.

Carrie said he trusts the commissioner will give Philpott’s use of the company a “thorough review.”

“The minister knew this was a partisan, a supporter of hers,” Carrie said in an interview. “She utilized the service to the point which is up to three times the going rate. … Canadians are outraged.”

The fact the ethics commissioner is looking into this issue shows the matter is serious in nature, NDP MP Charlie Angus said Tuesday.

“The issue of getting caught and paying the money back is secondary to the larger issue that ministers of the Crown are obliged to follow very clear rules on ethics to make sure that they’re not being seen to be giving preferential treatment to friends and insiders,” Angus said.

“If that happened in this case, then that’s a breach of the minister’s own code and a breach of the ethical guidelines. It has to be investigated.”

The minister is also reimbursing taxpayers for 0 for the use of Air Canada lounges in North America and Europe.

Late Monday, the minister promised to repay the money after the Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain the receipt for the one-year “Maple Leaf Club North America Plus” membership. A copy of the document was provided to The Canadian Press.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has also been under the microscope for her spending after it was revealed she spent ,600 for photography documenting the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.

“This is a long-standing practice under previous governments, including the Conservative government, because clearly pictures are an important way that we communicate the government business to Canadians,” McKenna said at an Ottawa event.

There are ways to reduce costs, she added, noting her department will conduct its own review of expenses.

The government originally thought the Paris photography cost was higher, but McKenna acknowledged her office made a erroneous currency conversion.

The minister still owes Canadians an apology and a repayment, said Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the Liberal party “led the way” on proactively disclosing expenses in 2013, adding his government will continue to look for “new and more robust ways” of disclosing the use of public dollars.

“We are always willing to discuss and look at new ways of demonstrating the kind of openness and transparency across government that we know Canadians expect,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.

The prime minister has offered all talk and no action so far, Carrie said.

“There’s nothing there that will say that the prime minister will actually do something about this,” he said. “It is a trend — we’ve seen it with the minister of health, now the minister of the environment, and he should be taking a proactive approach to examine his other ministers.”

—with files from Terry Pedwell in Ottawa and Camille Bains in Vancouver

Follow @kkirkup on Twitter

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave an incorrect total for a payment to a Paris photographer. The minister’s office said it made a erroneous currency conversion

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline – PR Leap (press release)

Shop Insurance Canada: Ontario Auto Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline

August 23, 2016   Business News

(PRLEAP.COM) August 23, 2016 – Shop Insurance Canada (ShopInsuranceCanada.ca) says Ontario auto insurance rates will decrease further through the second half of 2016 after a
solid second quarter
from the FSCO. The industry expert says the government is continuing to lower prices and that is only good news for consumers.

Ontario auto insurance premiums may be lowering during the remainder of the year after an encouraging second quarter. That’s according to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), with the regulatory body handed out quarterly rate approvals for Q2.

Auto insurance companies decreased their premiums almost across the board in the province. Indeed, one insurer managed to decrease their rates by a significant 6.83%. The province has already decreased average auto insurance premiums by over 10%, but missed out on an overall goal to drop rates by 16% by August 2015.

Some insurance providers managed to keep rates static, while other had modest declines of 0.38%. The FSCO ultimately says that more could have been done:

FSCO says “Approved rates increased on average by 0.33% when applied across the total market”. For comparison, Ontario’s auto insurance reforms led to an average rate decrease of 3.07% last quarter.

Shop Insurance Canada says any decline should be commended, even if it is on a per company basis. The online expert says that despite past errors, the government is continuing to push in the right direction, although not everyone should expect lower rates because of these Q2 results.

“So, does this mean anything for the average motorist? Potentially, but drivers should not get excited about guaranteed auto insurance declines. Indeed these figures represent average numbers, with some companies dropping rates and others not. In other words, some will see changes, but other simply will not.”

The only way to find out is to contact your insurer and find out if they have dropped insurance rates recently. If you are due for renegotiation of policy then you could be in line for a lower auto insurance premium.

About Shop Insurance Canada

Shop Insurance Canada is a Toronto based company that specializes in delivering the best auto insurance products to customers around Ontario and Canada. The
online insurance quoting tool
uses an engine that is easy to use and accurate enough to deliver the best auto insurance quotes from over 25 of Canada’s leading providers. Shop Insurance Canada also offers expert advice on the auto insurance industry, as well as guides and news to help customers find the best deal possible.

Shop Insurance Canada

1003-60 Bathrust St.

Toronto, Ontario

M5V 2P4

Canada

416-913-0151

Contact Information

Luke Jones

Shop Insurance Canada

416-913-0151

Ethics watchdog to review Philpott car use – Waterloo Record

OTTAWA — Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is now examining whether Health Minister Jane Philpott violated the Conflict of Interest Act in her use of a high-end car service owned by a Liberal supporter.

Dawson’s probe, to be conducted in private, will focus on a section of the act pertaining to “preferential treatment.”

It comes after Conservative health critic Colin Carrie wrote to the commissioner over the revelation that Philpott paid a limousine company ,700 on one day for service and more than ,900 on another day.

The commissioner cannot comment on the review, but a public report will be issued once it is complete.

Philpott announced last Thursday she would repay the cost of these trips totalling just over ,700, while admitting these were “excessive costs” related to her work travel.

The minister’s department is also examining 20 rides from her home to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport totalling ,815, while it also conducts a wide-ranging review of all other ministerial expenses.

She has promised to pay back any other filings deemed to be inappropriate.

“We will make sure that we do an appropriate review that involves working with the department, that involves working with my office, whoever needs to be involved in that to make sure it is done properly,” Philpott said Tuesday in Vancouver.

Reza Shirani — the owner of the vehicle company who canvassed for the minister during the last federal election — told The Canadian Press the minister was driven in a Lexus ES 300 and admitted he was personally in the driver’s seat on July 12.

On that day, Philpott billed taxpayers a total of ,994 for transportation around a speaking engagement at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Philpott’s office said Tuesday it has received notice from the commissioner.

“The minister will work in full co-operation with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner,” it said in a statement.

Carrie said he trusts the commissioner will give Philpott’s use of the company a “thorough review.”

“The minister knew this was a partisan, a supporter of hers,” Carrie said in an interview. “She utilized the service to the point which is up to three times the going rate. … Canadians are outraged.”

The fact the ethics commissioner is looking into this issue shows the matter is serious in nature, NDP MP Charlie Angus said Tuesday.

“The issue of getting caught and paying the money back is secondary to the larger issue that ministers of the Crown are obliged to follow very clear rules on ethics to make sure that they’re not being seen to be giving preferential treatment to friends and insiders,” Angus said.

“If that happened in this case, then that’s a breach of the minister’s own code and a breach of the ethical guidelines. It has to be investigated.”

The minister is also reimbursing taxpayers for 0 for the use of Air Canada lounges in North America and Europe.

Late Monday, the minister promised to repay the money after the Opposition Conservatives used the Access to Information Act to obtain the receipt for the one-year “Maple Leaf Club North America Plus” membership. A copy of the document was provided to The Canadian Press.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has also been under the microscope for her spending after it was revealed she spent ,600 for photography documenting the COP21 climate change conference in Paris.

“This is a long-standing practice under previous governments, including the Conservative government, because clearly pictures are an important way that we communicate the government business to Canadians,” McKenna said at an Ottawa event.

There are ways to reduce costs, she added, noting her department will conduct its own review of expenses.

The government originally thought the Paris photography cost was higher, but McKenna acknowledged her office made a erroneous currency conversion.

The minister still owes Canadians an apology and a repayment, said Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the Liberal party “led the way” on proactively disclosing expenses in 2013, adding his government will continue to look for “new and more robust ways” of disclosing the use of public dollars.

“We are always willing to discuss and look at new ways of demonstrating the kind of openness and transparency across government that we know Canadians expect,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.

The prime minister has offered all talk and no action so far, Carrie said.

“There’s nothing there that will say that the prime minister will actually do something about this,” he said. “It is a trend — we’ve seen it with the minister of health, now the minister of the environment, and he should be taking a proactive approach to examine his other ministers.”

—with files from Terry Pedwell in Ottawa and Camille Bains in Vancouver

Follow @kkirkup on Twitter

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave an incorrect total for a payment to a Paris photographer. The minister’s office said it made a erroneous currency conversion

By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press