Rights and Democracy troubles won't end until board replaced: opposition

canada.com, 9 February 2011

The president of a federally funded human rights agency troubled by infighting and questionable spending practices came under fire Wednesday for failing to apologize to those hurt in the yearlong melee and for standing behind a board that still includes members involved in what opposition MPs have described as a "witch hunt."

Rights and Democracy president Gerard Latulippe appeared before a parliamentary committee in a bid to leave the controversy behind and move forward with the organization's mandate to promote democratic reform and human rights.

Latulippe asked the government to consolidate the $9 million it receives in core funding from Foreign Affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency and to clarify its powers with respect to fundraising so that it might seek additional sources of revenue from international donors[...]

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