Last week I had the privilege and pleasure to exchange with a gentleman named Tom LePage FRI, CPM, RCM, ARP, emails centering on the issue of transparency in condo governance, the mockery of democracy that takes place very casually every year during annual general meetings, where lawyers chairing meetings exploit loopholes in The Condominium Act to argue that it is legal to destroy ballots at the end of the meeting, and The Board is fully entitled to shroud numbers in total secrecy and refuse to announce the number of votes obtained by each candidate,…
For those who are not familiar with the professional background of Mr. Lepage, his exposure to The Condominium Industry started back in 1982, and during the last 34 years he acquired a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and wisdom that promote the central argument that condominium governance should be based on the principles of Swiss style direct democracy, meaning a stronger participation of unit owners in the decisions shaped by The Board, the highest level of transparency in publishing budgets and spending, and last but not least elections procedures that rest on the standards used in municipal, provincial, and federal elections, in other words Boards should follow the Golden Rules set by Elections Canada instead of improvising elections rules that enhance their solid grasp of power.
The following is an excerpt from the first email I addressed to Mr. LePage on July 24, 2016:
You are one of the rare voices of sanity that advocates direct Swiss style democracy in an industry (The Condo Industry) where greed reigns supreme, and where the key actors (developers, builders, management companies, lawyers) sacrifice casually on the altar of greed every sacred principle promoted by democracy, from accountability, to transparency of elections, to…
I am convinced, based on the years of experience you have had in the industry, that you endorse the view that the existing big picture in almost every condominium in the province is nothing but a travesty of democracy…
Do you have any practical advice on how owners can liberate their units from the clutches of an industry determined to destroy democracy, one principle at a time, to satisfy its greed no matter how much damage it inflicts on the common good.
Any advice you might be able to provide will be highly appreciated.