Tories accuse NDP of picking fight with insurance industry

Darrell Dexter wants to remove the $2,500 cap on soft tissue injuries suffered in car accidents.

 

Darrell Dexter wants to remove the $2,500 cap on soft tissue injuries suffered in car accidents.

 

The Nova Scotia NDP leader said the cap on small injuries is too broad, and some people haven’t been fairly compensated after life-altering collisions.

 

“People who suffer very serious injuries are not able to get the compensation they deserve,” Dexter said. “It’s just not fair to these people.”

 

Dexter instead proposes a deductible large enough to weed out minor claims because only those with major injuries would pursue that route. He said this would have the same effect as the current cap.

Tory candidate George Jordan said the NDP was picking a fight with the insurance industry, which could lead to rates going back up. He said cases should be dealt with on an individual basis.

“If it’s not broken don’t try to fix it,” Jordan. “(People with serious injuries) need to be dealt with individually. Don’t overhaul whole system.”

Shedding jobs

Nova Scotia lost 4,100 jobs in April, according to Statistics Canada. Since October, employment in the province has dropped by 8,200, or 1.8 per cent.

ob numbers across the country stayed even, largely due to a big hike in the number of self-employed workers.

Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said Nova Scotia’s shoddy performance was due to Premier Rodney MacDonald refusing to recall the legislature early and being the last in the country to release a budget.

MacDonald said his government’s Building For Growth Plan would be creating jobs but was put on hold when the opposition defeated the Tories in the legislature.

 
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