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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Media starting to pick up on FCM issue

The editors of the Guelph Mercury agree... something is fishy about the ouster of the FCM's former President Gloria Kovach... they say so in their editorial today.
Group's ouster of Kovach still murky

A cryptic news release last week from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities related to Guelph councillor Gloria Kovach's ouster as president and national board chair last March has apparently satisfied the councillor, but it's too vague and leaves too many unanswered questions to satisfy us.

The release never answers the central question: Why was Kovach let go? [...]

The lack of transparency is arguably of greater significance in the Kovach case because a lobby group like the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as we said here in March, is a less effective lobby group if it's tainted by scandal or potential scandal.

Was Kovach kicked out of her position as federation president -- just two months before the end of her term, by the way -- because of her political affiliation, or were there other reasons?
Indeed... were there "other reasons"? What do you have to say about this Mr. Dion? Are the rumors true? Did you, or did you not, exert undue influence over this supposedly "non-partisan" group? Was it because she outed herself as a Conservative?

Mr. Dion, one of your own sitting MP's was in the exact same boat back in 1997... and there didn't seem to be any problem with his running for office while sitting as the President of the FCM. So why was there an issue with Ms. Kovach doing the same thing? (maybe newly minted LPC(O) Central Region President
Jason Cherniak can shed some light on this, being Mr. Wilfert's riding association president and all...)

Was it, perhaps, because Mr. Dion was not comfortable working with a known Conservative as the FCM President?

Again, the FCM Press Release from last week rasies more questions than it answers.

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  • At Tue Nov 20, 10:50:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Keep up the good work. This has to get attention.
    Why are other members of the FCM so quiet? How many members are in the organisation?

  • At Tue Nov 20, 11:24:00 a.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Time for a public inquiry. It must be wide-ranging!

  • At Tue Nov 20, 11:37:00 a.m. EST, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    I don't think a public inquiry applies, because the FCM is in essence a lobby group, not a government agency... however, because they claim to be politically neutral, then allow overt political influence to be exerted over them, they ruin their credibility.

    They need to come clean, and then deal with the consequences.

  • At Tue Nov 20, 12:43:00 p.m. EST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Of course the good little Liberals in the FCM LOBBY group were out in full force today warning that our cities are crumbling and we're all going to die or something if they don't get more more more andmore money from the Feds.

    Those evil Conservatives have ONLY committed about 40 BILLION to infrastructure - the largest cash injection to this need in the history of the country.

    But, the good old Liberal FCM don't say - "Good stuff - let's get to work and maximize on this incredible cash injection" Instead they say it's not good enough. We need MORE.

    Mr and Mrs. taxpayer - REACH DEEPER into your pockets. We want MORE!!!

    And out will come Dion's Liberals saying - "Oh yeah-Harper gave $40 BILLION - vote for us and we will give MORE!!! Of OUR money but they forget that dopn't they in this political charade bidding war to out spend the other guy and out tax us little guys.

    A pox on FCM- let us do the Liberal thing and laucnh an investigation into this political interference.


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