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Who Killed Confederation Life?: The Inside Story

Rod Mcqueen

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ISBN 10: 0771056389 / ISBN 13: 9780771056383
Published by McClelland & Stewart, 1996
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Title: Who Killed Confederation Life?: The Inside ...

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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When Confederation Life Insurance Co. was seized by regulators on August 11, 1994, it ranked as the fourth largest insurance company in Canada, and was among the top 30 in North America. With $19 billion (Cdn.) in assets, the company’s collapse wiped out 4,400 jobs, threw into disarray owners of 250,000 policies and contracts in Canada, plus another 800,000 outside the country. It also severely damaged confidence in Canada’s substantial insurance industry.

In a no-holds-barred account of the debâcle, financial journalist Rod McQueen documents how it all happened, and shows how Confederation Life’s failure was due to the combined failure of the company and the larger public sector. Directors did not hold management sufficiently accountable, officers let things get out of hand, regulators were tardy, then threatened with too small a stick, auditors missed the big picture, politicians showed neither courage nor conviction, and, rather than help, industry representatives dithered. Any one individual among those six constituencies could have affected the course of the corporation’s history sufficiently to prevent its collapse.

In 1994 McQueen wrote a detailed three-part article in the Financial Post about the Confederation Life scandal. Now, having extensively researched the history of the company, and having conducted over a hundred interviews, he has written a “whodunit” tale of Canada’s biggest business story of the decade.

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Rod McQueen is one of Canada’s foremost business writers. Between 1978 and 1982, he served as business editor and then as managing editor of Maclean’s magazine. As a freelance writer specializing in corporate Canada, the economy, and politics, he has published in every major Canadian magazine. From 1987 to 1993, he lived and worked outside Canada, as a freelancer in London and then in Washington, D.C., as bureau chief for The Financial Post. The author of six other books – The Moneyspinners, Risky Business, Leap of Faith, Both My Houses (with Sean O’Sullivan), Blind Trust, and The Last Best Hope – he is currently senior writer at The Financial Post. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Toronto.

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