Saskatchewan insurance association says Andrew Scheer completed one course in pursuit of becoming licensed agent

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      The organization that represents Saskatchewan insurance brokers has issued a statement regarding the professional education of the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the possible future prime minister.

      The Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan (IBAS) has confirmed that Andrew Scheer completed "an accredited course...that would form part of the eligibility requirements for licensing".

      IBAS is accredited to offer four required courses for a person to obtain their Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation.

      But the organization said in a statement that it would be "inappropriate" to comment on a complaint filed against Scheer to the industry regulator, the General Insurance Council of Saskatchewan.

      Liberal MP Marco Mendicino asked for an investigation because Scheer held himself out as a broker for many years when he was never a provincially licensed insurance agent.

      Under the Saskatchewan Insurance Act, only someone with a provincial licence can describe themselves as an insurance agent.

      "Individually, CAIB modules make up part—but not all—of Saskatchewan's step-licensing requirements for insurance brokers," IBAS stated. "In Saskatchewan, the scope of work undertaken by each individual within an insurance brokerage is restricted to the level of licence held by that individual."

      Yesterday, Scheer told reporters that he worked for an insurance company for several months in 2003. Unlicensed insurance company staff, like Scheer was, are permitted to perform certain functions.

      Scheer listed his tasks as including "supporting the whole team, answering questions from customers and clients, and doing preparatory work—and explaining information, passing along information to people who would come to the office".