Premier Kathleen Wynne has said that her government’s goal of cutting car insurance rates by 15 percent by last August was a “stretch goal”.
Back in 2013, the minority Liberal government stated that they planned to cut car insurance premiums by 15 percent by the summer of 2015. August came and went, and the government was not even halfway to accomplishing their goals. Currently, from 2013 standards, car insurance premiums have gone down, but only by an average of 7 per cent.
“We always knew it was a stretch goal,” Wynne said Monday. “We always knew it was going to be a challenge and the good news is that insurance rates continue to come down.”
While many are criticizing the lack of improvement, Premier Wynne remains optimistic that the government can continue to reduce them.
Progressive Conservative critic Tim Hudak said the “stretch goal” is a brand new category of politician promises, and the NDP are feeling duped, as they were brought onto the commitment back in 2013 hoping to see it achieved.
“This is the first time in over 2 1/2 years we’ve ever heard the term stretch goal,” said NDP critic, Jagmeet Singh. “It’s something that the government clearly stated was possible and made the promise knowingly when we asked for the commitment in 2013.”
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