Anyone but incumbents, Toronto voters urged

  • October 13, 2010
Catholics United for a Responsible BallotTORONTO - A newly formed group of retired principals and educators is urging Toronto Catholics to vote the current crop of trustees out of office. They want voters to cast ballots for anyone but the incumbents.

At an Oct. 12 press conference following noon Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Bob Dixon, chair of Catholics United for a Responsible Ballot, called for a clean sweep of the scandal-plagued board.

“One would have hoped, one would have thought, that the incumbents would not have run again and yet most of them are,” he said. “They could’ve solved this whole problem by not running again. Now it’s up to us the voters to elect new trustees, have a clean sweep, a clean board.”

Murielle Boudreau, chair of the Greater Toronto Catholic Parent Network, said voters need  to send a strong message.

“The current trustees feel they did nothing wrong. Don’t allow them to continue to do wrong things. Stop the era of entitlement and nepotism,” Boudreau said.

Rocco Piccininno, a father of four children attending Catholic elementary school, said what’s been happening at the board has been “embarrassing.” He is concerned about the typical low voter turnout and hopes that will change for the Oct. 25 election.

Former board chair Catherine LeBlanc-Miller stands by her record and urges voters to look carefully at each candidate. Miller was forced to repay $775 in expenses following a forensic audit. She said her expense issue was a “mistake” that she immediately corrected.

LeBlanc-Miller’s challenger, Jo-Ann Davis, said all trustees were culpable because they participated in practices and voted for policies that led to the province taking over management of the board.

“All current trustees seem to be pushing all of the problems onto (former chair Oliver) Carroll... (T)hey’re all individually accountable for their actions,” Davis said.


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