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MPI to undergo organizational review after concerns raised over staffing, costs

Manitoba’s justice minister has ordered Manitoba Public Insurance to undergo an exterior organizational review after concerns raised over the previous few months concerning the crown company’s expenditures.

Kelvin Goertzen says the review is ordered due to “concerns raised by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) in current price functions in addition to concerns I’ve raised each publicly and privately to MPI.”

Earlier this yr, the PUB mentioned it seen large jumps in MPI’s staffing expenditures, with greater than 400 new jobs added for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The board additionally pointed to an IT renewal venture on the public insurer that was initially budgeted to value $106.8 million when introduced in 2020 and is now budgeted for between $257 and $290 million.

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“As I’ve acknowledged up to now, the Manitoba authorities is reluctant to intrude within the basic operations of Crown firms,” Goertzen mentioned, “However, a publicly held company is answerable to Manitobans for its service, expenditures and operations.”

The review is to be accomplished by December 31 and Goertzen says throughout this time, MPI is directed to not suggest any adjustments to charges for service or materially change its operations.

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