Consumers advocate Gloria Desorcy was driven by heartfelt principle as she looked out for the little guyApril 16, 2022
Even if you didnt know Gloria Desorcy, she went to bat for you and undoubtedly saved you a lot of money.
As the long-time executive director of the Manitoba branch of the Consumers Association of Canada, she led the crusade against rate hikes by Manitoba Hydro, rebates from Manitoba Public Insurance and interest rates charged by payday lending outfits.
Every Manitoban owes a debt of gratitude to her, says Jacquie Wasney, a member of Desorcys CAC board of directors in Winnipeg.
Do you remember the rebate cheque you got from MPI or the fact that Hydro rates went up just three per cent instead of eight per cent or that gift card that has value past six months?
If you need a more concrete number, there have been more than $1 billion in rebates from MPI since the early 2000s, thanks in no small part to Desorcys efforts.
Gloria fought long and hard for (consumers) principles. If MPI over-collected from rate payers, she believed that money should be returned directly to them, says Byron Williams, director of the public interest law centre at Legal Aid Manitoba.
Desorcy passed away suddenly in March. She was 62.
Legal Aid acted for the CAC and Williams figures he worked with Desorcy on more than 100 files over the last 25 years.
She was a good and direct communicator. You always knew where you stood with her. She was heavily engaged on policy issues and she would go down to deadline going through agonizing details of policy. She was fabulously principled and she believed deeply in consumers…