…. we know what you did!
Corruption and complicity
For the past month or so, I have made repeated attempts by telephone, email and letter to both our Community Futures (CF) manager and the Chair, respectfully requesting a meeting and/or documents relating to what they do, such as:
- Membership List (who votes in the Board?)
- Annual Reports
- Financial Statements
- Contract (between CF and W.E.D.)
- Crowsnest Economic Development Board (who sits on this Board?)
To-date, I have received ZIP! In addition, the Western Economic Diversification (W.E.D.) representatives that I had several email and phone conversations with, and to whom I appealed to as the Federal Agency that provides CF’s with our public money, at first ignored me, then tried ducking the issues, and then finally brushed me off without ever providing me with one piece of documentation that I requested (see above), even though they are a federal agency with the responsibility of overseeing CF’s and therefore accountable to the public for how our tax dollars are being spent? In addition, I got no reply or acknowledgment with respect to my sending them our CF’s Articles of Incorporation and Corporate (Society) documents that clearly show irregularities? The impression I got from them is “out of sight, out of mind” i.e.: we know there are problems in the system, but we don’t care. As long as our pay cheques keep coming in and we have secure employment, why do we want to rock the boat and jeopardize ‘our thing’?
Over the years, millions of taxpayer dollars have gone into our local CF’s and the bottom line is that a taxpayer such as myself (or you) can get stonewalled by these people like we don’t count… and they do!? The sadness is W.E.D. (bureaucrats) condones and perpetuates this type of conduct for their own self-serving reasons.
The only conclusion I can come up with (which should be obvious by now to regular readers of my blog) is that now ‘I know’ these people have something to hide, as no one would go through the great lengths these people have with me, to avoid accountability, if they didn’t. Don’t you think??
In any event, they might not want to provide me with the information I requested above in order to cover their asses, but others do have to, and soon I will have what I need to shed light on how and why it is that millions of dollars have been flowing through our local CF’s office intended for small business and entrepreneurs, only to have disappeared somewhere, never reaching their target audience? It is my intention to find out where that somewhere is? Did it go to the ‘shareholders’… ‘members of the board of directors’…???
All I know for sure is that CF’s got the gold… and we as a community got the shaft!
Obviously, I will be doing it (my investigating) without the help of both CF’s and their watchdog W.E.D. (sic), so they can continue to run and try to duck their responsibility and accountability, but they can’t hide forever. The truth will be revealed and at the end of the day I am sure we will find corruption and complicity, at both the local and federal level.
The country had fallen into a state of moral putrefaction, with corruption running rampant throughout the government ranks.