Remove the Current President
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On September 30th, 2014, during the Willowdale Federal Liberal Nomination election, while two of the four running candidates for the Canadian Federal Parliament were of Iranian descent, namely Mr. Ali Ehsassi and Ms. Lily Pourzand , Mr. Reza Banai was openly campaigning for another candidate of non-Iranian descent, Mr. Vince Gasparro, actively encouraging voters to vote for Mr. Gasparro.
While we recognize and respect Mr. Reza Banai's rights as an individual which entitle him to support the candidate of his choice in any election, we believe that he is ethically and professionally obligated to adhere to the responsibilities he has undertaken as the president of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).
As clearly outlined in ICC's bylaws and charter, some of the ICC's objectives are:
"…to uphold the interests of the Iranian Canadian community…", and;
"…to identify, present and promote the leaders of the Iranian-Canadian community who can be a voice for the community and to assist them in becoming prominent members of the Canadian society in all levels of civic life including Municipal, Provincial and Federal level". (Please refer to ICC Bylaws at http://iccongress.ca/organization/bylaw
In this respect, Mr. Banai’s advocacy for Mr. Gasparro has been squarely against the mission of ICC, has been inappropriate and uncalled for, and has parted him from his obligations as the president of ICC .
Based on the above, we, the undersigned of this letter, strongly believe that Mr. Reza Banai has acted in a manner contrary to the fundamental objectives of ICC and has violated its Charter and Constitution. We therefore urge the esteemed members of the Board to take action and remove Mr. Reza Banai from his position as the President.
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