FILE - Residents survey the damage before begining cleanup in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, June 14, 2020, after a major hail storm damaged homes and flooded streets on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

FILE - Residents survey the damage before begining cleanup in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, June 14, 2020, after a major hail storm damaged homes and flooded streets on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

UCP still failing Calgarians one year after devastating hailstorm, say NDP

Residents still continue to struggle

The UCP are still refusing to help families struggling to recover from their losses one year after a severe hailstorm tore across northeast Calgary, say Alberta’s NDP.

The storm caused $1.3 billion in damage to more than 70,000 homes and vehicles, and is ranked the fourth most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history.

“Jason Kenney didn’t help those affected by the June 13 hailstorm. The residents still continue to struggle but the UCP won’t stand up to their friends and lobbyists in the insurance industry. That’s shameful,” said Irfan Sabir, NDP MLA for Calgary-McCall.

While ranked the fourth most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history, the Kenney government has continuously refused to provide residents the same support offered to Albertans affected by other severe natural disasters, or advocate for them when insurance companies gave them the run-around, the NDP said.

“Now some insurance companies are refusing to renew coverage or provide insurance to residents based on ‘claims frequency and severity.’ Now they find themselves unable to find affordable coverage. This is unfair and this needs to stop,” Sabir said.

“I have written to the finance minister to urge him to take action against these insurance companies, but he continues to defend them and claim that nothing has changed. Clearly the Kenney government has no idea what’s happening to families in northeast Calgary and no interest in listening to them.”



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