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Nova Scotia's missing insurance consumer advocate

George jordan's position has been eliminated

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Having problems with your car insurance company? Well, don’t bother calling Nova Scotia’s insurance consumer advocate. George Jordan’s number is no longer in service. His job was eliminated last summer. The Tory government of John Hamm appointed Jordan in April 2003 when public anger at the government and the big insurance companies was reaching the boiling point. The big companies were jacking up rates---by an average of 66 percent---and refusing to renew some policies. Instead of telling the companies to take a hike and bringing in cheaper, public auto insurance, Hamm appointed Jordan, then collaborated with the Liberals to cap insurance payouts on so-called "minor" injuries. Within a couple of years, Jordan’s job was quietly downgraded to part-time. He ended up working only one day a week before his position was chopped altogether last summer. Jordan himself has landed on his feet, however. In the election expected this spring, he’ll be running as a Tory candidate in Dartmouth.

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