Policy holders: Your Country Needs You
by David Walker of Santa Rosa Team
- The realities of the “offer” are not as described by the Minister and others.
- Once you sign, you have given up all rights, even if they don’t honour the stated terms.
- The “offer” is open until June 2012, so only your financial circumstances should force you to sign now.
While the happenings at CLICO and CL Financial have already had a devastating effect on your lives, it pains me to say that the continued mismanagement of the companies is about to hit you even harder. Like every other taxpayer and citizen, you will suffer from both the immediate financial impact, and the long term destruction of our investment and business climate. And YOU are the only ones standing in the way of the impending catastrophe.
“When a nation abandons the rule of law, when there is no attempt at regulatory oversight, when accountability and transparency are non-existent, and when any pretense of equity is openly shunned by authority, the inevitable result will be economic decline.
Who would invest in a country where you cannot enforce contracts against a company? Who would leave their money in companies that do not offer audited statements for over five years, with evident impunity? The answer is obvious.”
Recently, the authorities took legal action against directors of e-Teck for failures far less severe and with much milder consequences than what happened at CLICO/CLF. No authority has seen it fit to take similar action against the directors of CLICO/CLF. The nation needs to cleanse itself of these heinous acts. YOU are the only ones who will take the necessary action against both former and present directors of CLICO/CLF.
The Regulators failed disastrously at CLICO/CLF. Rather than punishment and condemnation, they have been handed the reins at CLICO.
There is now no Regulator at CLICO as a result. The ills that the Regulator identified as causes of the collapse have been continued, even accelerated under his stewardship. We still see interlocking directorships and related party transactions at the expense of policyholders. Only YOU and your actions can force the Governor of the Central Bank to honour his role as Regulator, and look after the interests of policyholders.
Such has been the mismanagement and incompetence of the regime, that they approved 10.7 billion dollars to solve a 4.5 billion dollar problem (the Minister’s figures). In spite of more than doubling the requirement, they have managed to treat policyholders so badly that they need to protect the company from lawsuits. Only YOU can reverse this waste of taxpayers’ money, and at the same time bring about the invalidation of a grotesque law that takes away people’s right for no good reason. Only YOU can bring this nation back to acceptable standards of behaviour.
It is instructive to note that a new Insurance Bill is being proposed in an effort to promote greater accountability from insurance companies. The government has at the same time failed to deliver audited statements for six years for the insurance company it controls. It evidently sees no double standards in this stance, as no reason is offered for the protracted absence of audited statements. Only YOU, through your legal actions can force the government to live up to the very standards that it says are critical to the effective functioning of our systems.
Every person knows instinctively that if a company is in difficulty, then what assets are available should be shared equally between creditors. In fact, that is the law in this country and virtually every other one we’ve examined. In spite of this, the regime has chosen to pay some policyholders under enhanced terms as against the rest. We refer here to those with less than 75,000 and Trade Unions and Credit Unions. This is especially galling since EFPA policies were not for corporations. Those who “broke the rules” (Trade Unions and Credit Unions) are being treated more favourably by this regime. Once again, it is only YOU who can force a reversal of this practice.
Our international reputation, our propensity to conform to the rule of law, our ability to attract inward investment and remittances, and the legacy we bequeath to our youngsters are all at stake. YOU have been placed in the front line of this battle for a better Trinidad & Tobago. We urge you to step up. Join this most important struggle through one of the groups that’s taking action. You can find out more about our actions at the Santa Rosa Team by contacting us at email@example.com .
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MEETING MOVED to Monday, December 12, 2011
We had planned to host a meeting on Sunday last (4th Dec) but decided to postpone it so as not to clash with a previously carded meeting by the Ramesh Lawrence-Maharaj group. The Santa Rosa Team and a few of our clients attended and we can report that we support their actions wholeheartedly.
Our meeting has been rescheduled for Monday 12th provisionally at St. Mary’s College in Port-of-Spain. More details will be sent to you within the next 48 hours.
We also propose to release a proper analysis of the latest “offer” within that timeframe. In the meantime though, you should be aware of the following early conclusions –
- The realities of the “offer” are not as described by the Minister and others
- Once you sign, you have given up all rights, even if they don’t honour the stated terms
- The “offer” is open until June 2012, so only your financial circumstances should force you to sign now