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Independence : not just a question of ownership

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Hubert Roy

January 31, 2018 07:00

Christopher Johnson | Photo : Réjean Meloche

For Christopher Johnson, the independence of the broker has nothing to do with ownership that an insurer has or not within a brokerage firm. These are the decisions of the owner of the firm that are all-important.

«He must make the best decision for his company and to his customer, not his insurer. This is what is important. The Regroupement des cabinets de courtage d’assurance du Québec (RCCAQ), it defends the interests of the brokers and not the insurers. «

The debates of the last few months will they leave any trace ? The president of the RCCAQ has confidence that the brokers are ready to move on to another step. «We need to be brokers together. We have so much to be gained. We need to unify our forces. «

He does not hide that the provisions included in the bill 150 have been a surprise to the RCCAQ. It intends to mobilise the network to this effect, and this, as early as the month of January.

«I hope that we can change things together. It is not necessary to panic. This is a project… a Lot of work has been done after its filing. There will be even prior to its adoption. «

The RCCAQ has maintained its position, to the effect that he who wishes to appear as a dealer has two agreements with different insurers, and in insurance for individuals and insurance companies. It also reminds us that this battle is important, because the lifespan of a bill may be long, whereas the previous revision of the Act respecting the distribution of financial products and services goes back more than 15 years. «It will affect all the firms,» said Mr. Johnson.

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