FROM: Michael A. LaBerge
DATE: Thursday, March 22, 2001 3:55 PM
TO: Donna Laframboise
CC: Bob Bouvier; Bruce; Marina Forbister; Pat Ward; Elsie Cable
SUBJECT: ECMAS (Calgary) response to Edmonton
Donna, our local response to the Edmonton chapter of ECMAS is attached.
It is unfortunate this methodology was used to address the issues in
Louise, "the messenger", could have approached past executive or other
chapters in a more positive, building forum rather than a destructive one. I
believe poor judgement was used in Edmonton, out of ignorance of their
decisions' effects, and not deliberate to harm or deceive.
Louise's method for public attention was plain "mean and malicious", with
deliberate intent to discredit numerous good people, a good organization "on
the basis of her standing principles". It is interesting that with such
knowledge over the past months, Louise chose to bring public attention to
this 'evil' only days after not achieving executive status for her chosen
candidate within the same organization she now condemns.
This glass house of her standing principles is not perfect either.
-President Clinton's ill behaviour does not make every American evil.
-Ann McLellan's earlier writings of limiting father involvement is currently
out of context with her mandate to protect and uphold the rights of ALL
Canadians, including fathers. Will such public wrath be directed towards her
-Hedy Fry's comments of racism in Prince George does not mean every woman in
Canada shares her views. Heck, she was appointed and is being paid by the
government to say such things. Will she be publically condemned as well?
-Does the knowledge of the female teacher with sexual misconduct acting as
tutor condemn all teachers or tutors?
The poor judgement by a few volunteers in a local support group does not
warrant the wrath of public condemnation that is being spoken. ECMAS as a
whole has created a lot of good policy positions and credibility on the
civic, provincial and federal levels of government in support of children
and families. We have worked hard and long in Calgary to support families
of divorce and build this credibility. The Edmonton voluntees have worked
hard as well.
I trust you will use the 10,000 ft view of this when/if your article
Please note that any association other than use of the ECMAS trade name with
implications to the Edmonton decisions will be considered defamitory.
President, ECMAS (Calgary)