Insurance Bureau of Canada urges Parliament to finish its work on auto theft



    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) today strongly
urged parliamentarians to work together to ensure that Bill C-26, a sweeping
piece of legislation targeting motor vehicle theft, is passed by the Senate as
quickly as possible upon Parliament's return on September 14.
    "Canadians overwhelmingly support tougher laws against auto theft," said
Rick Dubin, Vice-President of Investigations for IBC. He continued, "So, too,
did members of the House of Commons when they passed this bill unanimously in
June. It would be a shame to see vital legislation like this die on the Order
Paper with an election call."
    Pointing out that auto theft costs Canadians $1.2 billion a year, Dubin
said that the public safety element of auto theft cannot be overlooked. "Every
year, scores of Canadians are killed and injured by increasingly brazen auto
thieves," Dubin remarked. "Canadians who have had their lives turned upside
down by auto theft deserve better than to have auto theft legislation die yet
again because Parliament stopped working."
    Just this week, a large organized motorcycle theft ring was uncovered in
Alberta. In Montreal, where theft for export is a huge problem, the recovery
rate for stolen vehicles has plummeted to 31%. Police confirm that organized
crime is primarily responsible for the burgeoning theft-for-export racket.
    "Bill C-26 makes motor vehicle theft, tampering with a vehicle
identification number (VIN) and trafficking in stolen property specific
criminal offences, stiffens sentences, and gives Canada Border Services Agency
the tools it needs to fight the export of stolen vehicles from our nation's
ports," concluded Dubin. "We are asking parliamentarians to simply do their
jobs, and not leave important work unfinished."

    Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its member
companies represent nearly 95% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance
market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 110,000 Canadians,
pays more than $6 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal
governments, and has a total premium base of $38 billion.
    To view news releases and information, visit the media section of IBC's
website at www.ibc.ca.





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