|COLCO: COALITION OF LEAKY CONDO OWNERS – www.myleakycondo.com
NEWS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2000.09.03
"A group of leaky condo owners is battling the Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation for information. The "Compensation and Accountability
to Soaked Homeowners Society" believes the information would help
them prove the federal government would actually SAVE taxpayers money
by helping pay for leaky home repairs. Leaky home owner advocate
Carmen Maretic says they made an access to information request to
the CMHC for the number of bankruptcies and foreclosures due to "leaky
condo" problems. But she says they were refused the information
citing competitive pressures. She says with the information they'll
be able to prove it'd actually cost the federal government less to
help pay for repairs, than the CMHC is paying to satisfy the shortfall
to the banks on mortgages it has
guaranteed. Maretic says the refusal to provide information
on the leak related bankruptcies is not justified and they're appealing
Transcript titled: LEAKY CONDO OWNERS WANT MORE INFORMATION
August 01, 2000 - CKWX 1130 AM Radio, Vancouver
Can you please explain to me and the other 50,000+ families, owners
leaky condos, why you continue to choose to let more of us British
Columbians lose our homes to foreclosure and bankruptcy as a direct
result of this disaster?
This government / industry made "unnatural" disaster has had all the
plundering effects of a natural disaster, and more.
How many victims from Manitoba, Ontario or Quebec:
a) endured the indignities of foreclosure or became victims of
bankruptcy?; b) were forced to litigate?;
c) are still suffering
from extended mental anxiety, depression and other long term health
effects?; d) had to watch the family next door fall
apart and become
another social caseload statistic?; and, e)
against and ignored by senior government?
In "Leaky Rotten Condo Land" we have been let down by the lack of
professional standards of conduct, competence and proficiency by members
of various building industry professions and associations as well as
levels of government.
It is my understanding that you are both professionals bound by the
ethical principles and code of conduct of your respective associations
professions. Also the values of the Liberal Party and the Oath
Office further obligate you to fulfill fundamental responsibilities
safeguard and advance the interests of Canadian society as a whole.
The doctrine of ministerial accountability was described in the 1979
Lambert Report. Canadians elect their representatives to Parliament
each department is held accountable through their ministers.
are called upon to answer for the actions of their subordinates and
held personally responsible for the activities carried out under their
Clearly then, for our parliamentary system to function properly, there
must be an unbroken chain of accountability between government and
people: departments answer to their ministers, ministers answer to
Parliament and MPs answer to the people. I've asked some very
questions and do not want to wait another three months for another
bureaucratic response that doesn't answer my questions. I am
to please be fully accountable. Thank you.