Hellenic Canadian Congress: It is about time…
Last week we published two letters from Greek Communities and Provincial Congresses which make it clear that the present Directors of the Hellenic Canadian Congress should realize the grave consequences from splitting Hellenism apart with their continued insisting that November 2016 AGM was held legally.
Here we have asked some questions and await the answers so that Hellenism will be crystal clear on what should be expected by its leaders in such responsible positions that represent all of us in the social and political podiums of Canada and Greece.
Today, we interviewed the B’ Vice-President of the Greek Community of Toronto, which – if HCC were legal- should be a member along with other Associations, Federations and Provincial Congresses.
(In Greek: Εθνικό Κογκρέσο Ώρα Μηδέν
Την προηγούμενη εβδομάδα δημοσιεύσαμε δυο επιστολές Ελληνικών Κοινοτήτων και επαρχιακών κογκρέσων με τις οποίες οι υπογράφοντες στην ουσία ζητούν απο την παρούσα διοίκηση του Εθνικού Κογκρέσου να αναλογιστεί τις ευθύνες της στο διχασμό του Ελληνισμού εφ’ όσον συνεχίζουν να επικαλούνται τις παράτυπες και παράνομες εκλογές του Νοεμβρίου 2016. Από αυτή την στήλη ζητήσαμε απαντήσεις από όποιον γνωρίζει το θέμα και σήμερα δημοσιεύουμε την επικοινωνία που είχαμε με τον Αντιπρόεδρο και Γεν. Γραμματέα της Ελληνικής Κοινότητας Τορόντο κ. Ερμή Ιορδάνους.)
Please tell us what are the specific steps undertaken by the GCT after the two letters were sent to HCC Board of Directors, in which it is clear that the present administration is illegal having been elected through unconstitutional procedures.
Hermes Iordanous: In the spirit of unity and for the good of Hellenism we have done everything possible to reach an agreement which would have given the opportunity to all major Organizations to participate in their planned AGM and elections. We wanted to keep all efforts quiet in order to avoid further harm to the Canadian Hellenic communities and associations. As if the crisis in Greece wasn’t enough!
Unfortunately, the long-time major players of the Hellenic Canadian Congress opted to ignore our requests and as a result, their November AGM and elections was a farce. None of the major organizations attended – Hellenic Community of Montreal, Greek Community of Toronto, Hellenic Canadian Congress of British Columbia, Hellenic Community of Vancouver, Hellenic Congress of Quebec and Greek Canadian Community of New Brunswick and many other associations – which invalidates the current HCC Directors as the AGM was a pseudo-AGM. They may claim validity of the AGM but that will be based on the invalid constitution they proclaim to have adopted in 2016.
Greek Press: In the light of the complete disregard of legality and majority – voted constitutional amendments, it seems that the current HCC directors will not stop splitting up Hellenes across the country. What do you intend to do about it? Is there any drastic course of action?
H.I. Again, our objective is to minimize what seems to be unavoidable damage to Hellenism in Canada. With these people insisting to hold an office unconstitutionally, will eventually force the rest of us either go the legal route or call another AGM where every organization will be called to participate and elect a new board. We collectively prefer avoiding the legal approach.
Greek Press: Since your protests were not taken under account by the “elected” Board of Directors and the HCC directors keep on asking for membership fees from its “members”, what should be done to let these members know of what is really happening and help them protect themselves?
The current regime’s stance to ignore the absence of the major Greek organizations across Canada, leaves them no other source of funding, other than attempting to get government grants by presenting themselves as representatives of Hellenism in Canada or reach to Associations to get some money from the little they have. We recommend to Associations to demand a new AGM and new elections in order to put an end to this stalemate and charade. In fact there is an effort to get all associations and communities across the country to sign a demand letter for an AGM.