An RCCAQ delegation headed to Ottawa on May 28 to represent brokers during discussions with federal MPs. As in past years, the RCCAQ joined forces with the other provincial associations for Parliament Hill Day, which was organized by the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). A variety of issues were raised, including the Bank Act.
Photo (left to right):
Éric Manseau, executive director, RCCAQ; Sylvain Turgeon, senior vice-president; Jean-François Decelles, broker; Jean-Pierre Tardif, board member; Vincent Gaudreau, broker; Mathieu Brunet, board member; John Morin, broker; Ted Harman, RCCAQ representative on IBAC's board; Patrice Pouliot, chair, RCCAQ.
Although the federal government has decided not to proceed with its review of the Bank Act until 2023, this issue remains one of the RCCAQ's top concerns.
Given that this is pre-election season in Ottawa, this event was an excellent opportunity to raise MPs' awareness of the impact on voters of changes affecting the separation between banks' and insurers' activities and to focus elected officials' attention on this issue, which ties in directly with consumer protection efforts.
These meetings came on the heels of Parliament Hill Day in Quebec City, which was held on May 15 with a view to raising awareness of industry issues and priorities. The following link provides a summary.