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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Blog the Election Endorsements 1




ENDORSEMENTS:

President: James Ryan

I sense Kevin is very concerned about vindicating himself and standing up for his belief that ratifying the MOU was the right thing to do. In time, history will be his judge. The matter will be cleared up for us. He believed he had to take strong action and stands by it. I'm not sure where that leaves us now at this very difficult point in time..

James opposition to the MOU and his reconciliatory style could be more helpful if OECTA is to heal internal divisions and move forward in the next two years. Also in trying to repair the damage done to our relationship with the other affiliates. Read the comments below my blogs. All is not well between OECTA, OSSTF and ETFO. We need to have solidarity or we all face defeat against the right wing offensive we now face.

1st VP: Sonia Di Petta: 

Sonia is clearly opposed to the MOU. Ann supports the decision. This could be a close race. I would suppose it will all depend upon how the delegates feel about the MOU decision. Ann's strong social justice emphasis gives her something else to fall back on, as does Sonia's years of experience as treasurer. It's unclear how Ann's belief in social justice could have lead her to vote and now stand up for the divisive MOU.

Treasurer: Chris Karuhanga

Normally I would not vote for anybody who endorsed the MOU but Chris has shown integrity and accepted responsibility for his mistake in originally supporting it with the information available to him at the time. He has been quite clear about this in word and deed

Jeremy remains allusive and does not answer questions, here or at the AGM. That is unacceptable to me, considering how controversial the decisions he has made have been. Also, being on executive in any role is "political", the treasurer included. All have an equal vote on all matters voted upon by the PE.

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