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COMMENTARY · 28th March 2010
Walter McFarlane
“The media does not do one any good,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan at the Kitimat City Council Meeting on March 22nd.

This was her response to a letter sent to Council by Bill Drinkwater read that night. In his letter, he referred to a Daybreak North interview with Monaghan in which she suggested that because the people of Kitimat have “’ATVs, boats, recreational vehicles and two or three vehicles, they can afford the extra taxes.’”

Drinkwater was not pleased by Monaghan’s comments to the media, particularly because West Fraser’s actions have devalued his Kitimat home and his son has had to move his family elsewhere to find employment.

“Please continue to work for the good of citizens of Kitimat but realize that most of us are just trying to do the best we can with the resources at hand,” wrote Drinkwater.

The letter was received for information, however Monaghan still had to add her two cents. She commented about Drinkwater living in the lower mainland (in a seeming attempt to discredit the worthiness) and explained what the letter was about to the Kitimat Council Chambers and audience.

“That is not exactly what happened. What happened was the gal who was interviewing me said: ‘is it not true that most people in Kitimat have several vehicles, an ATV, a boat, recreation vehicle, etc…’ and I said, ‘yes, many of them do.’ And she took that and ran with it and said: ‘and the Mayor of Kitimat said everyone in Kitimat has…’ It is not what I said and I want to clear that up,” said Monaghan.

She also stated she does not have any of the luxury items which were listed off.

However listening to the radio program reveals the details.

In the radio interview, attached below, provided courtesy of Daybreak North, Mayor Monahan states: “I don’t think too many people in this community will be affected by that because they all have two or three cars, skidoos, boats. They have all these kinds of recreational things.”

This is a long ways from stating she simply agreed with the interviewer, it was Monahan who brought up the topic, and in this case, for the Mayor in particular, “The media does not do one any good.”

The community, Drinkwater and the media deserve an apology.
Oops she did it again
Comment by Danny Nunes on 29th March 2010
Well kitimat what more can be said about Joanne Monaghan?

I mean this sort of garbage can be traced back to her very first week of being mayor in january of 2009 when she did all she could to silence Gerd Gottschling from voicing his opinion on Rio Tinto Alcan and power sales....and it never stopped from there.

There are so many articles and quotes I could list to show this is a consistent pattern of alarming behavior but its so time consuming to be able to and that should truly be alarming....there should be next to nothing.

Constant battles in council, mockery of kitimat citizens, disrespect shown to fellow councillors, and now this.....its mind boggling.

Yes its true....all politicians at some point “misrepresent the truth” but to go on live television and make the claim that she was misrepresented...and by the CBC no less and to then attack the media when the she said “The media does not do one any good” is pathetic.

Thank you to CBC Daybreak North for providing the audio clip of what Joanne Monaghan said as I am sure the reporter who interviewed Joanne was not appreciative of Monaghans efforts to misrepresent her with this quote.

““That is not exactly what happened. What happened was the gal who was interviewing me said: ‘is it not true that most people in Kitimat have several vehicles, an ATV, a boat, recreation vehicle, etc…’ and I said, ‘yes, many of them do.’ And she took that and ran with it and said: ‘and the Mayor of Kitimat said everyone in Kitimat has…’ It is not what I said and I want to clear that up,” said Monaghan.”


Maybe Daybreak North would like to invite Joanne on there show again and ask her to explain why she
tried to misrepresent there reporter in a public forum which could have serious implications on the reporters career.

Walter....you honestly deserve a journalism award and the town owes you a debt of gratitude...I dont think enough people realize how important you are and the ethics and dedication you put in...I dont care if they say I am biased cause I am a friend of yours....facts speak for themselves...and so do audio clips.
Monahan
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 28th March 2010
Mayor Monahan - a perfect example of the 'Peter Principle'.