Ominously for the chamber, the city attached to its letter a review of the chamber report by the author of key data the chamber used. “He identifies half a dozen areas where the tax analysis was distorted due to incorrect assumptions,” the city says in a statement. For example, upward tax change in the chamber report reflects total taxes, including education taxes. These should be excluded in the analysis since education tax rates “have no relationship to municipal spending patterns,” writes Jim Bruzzese, president of BMA Management Consulting Inc.
WOW! President of BMA Management Consulting Inc.! The company that produces the annual BMA Municipal Study. The BMA Study was used as a source of data by the Chamber of Commerce report. The City of Thunder Bay are calling in the big guns. Hmmm.
I wonder just what kind of a report BMA Management Consulting Inc could produce if municipalities did not supply them with all that data? Not a study that anyone would want to buy. Nope. Who is buying the BMA Municipal Study every year? I am sure that a lot of municipalities buy that study every year.
So does Mr Bruzzese have an incentive to defend the City of Thunder Bay? I’m thinking he may have such an incentive. Is BMA an unbiased third party company just giving their honest unbiased opinion in the above editorial? I’m thinking that may not be the case.
The chamber has embarrassed the city, the council, administration and most of all itself. Also implicated here is Lakehead University’s Small Business Consulting Services which analysed city data and actually wrote the report. This seemingly fatal flaw of unchallenged assumptions seems to be great departure from the quality of report writing that we saw in the investigation of the Ring of Fire and mining in Northwestern Ontario, also offered by these same university experts.
Unless the chamber can prevail in this he-said-she-said affair, it has damaged its credibility as the spokesman for business
If it is indeed wrong, the chamber must backtrack and apologize in order to regain trust in its role as the voice of business and repair the city’s reputation. It if is right, we will no doubt hear about it. But all indications are that the chamber has made a mistake.
What does the Chronicle Journal really know about credibility? Do you really believe the Chronicle Journal gives a shit about the credibility of anything it prints?
The editorial is a media fueled lynching of the Chamber of Commerce. The entire body of the editorial ties the noose and opens the trap door. Do you think that the Chamber of Commerce who released the report or the Lakehead University professors who wrote the report can ever get fair coverage in that newspaper? I don’t.
The editorial goes on and on about how the Chamber of Commerce suffered a lapse of judgement, insulted everyone at City Hall , distorted the facts and has irreparably damaged its credibility and so on… And those are just the positives.
The CJ then wonders if that if the Chamber of Commerce is indeed wrong…..blah blah bla. Is indeed wrong? The whole editorial is about the Chamber of Commerce report being wrong! That is ALL it is about…but the Chronicle Journal still inserts that cover your ass line. Hmmmm Is the newspaper not really sure about the Chamber’s guilt?
This now makes me think of the line from Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks“.
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks” has been used as a figure of speech, in various phrasings, to indicate that a person’s overly frequent or vehement attempts to convince others of something have ironically helped to convince others that the opposite is true, by making the person look insincere and defensive. – Wikipedia
Hmmm. Sounds a lot like the situation we have here. No? Overly frequent or vehement attempts to convince others? Ooooooo yeah!
There is only one line that even remotely considers the possibility that the Chamber of Commerce report is right. The second last sentence. Even that tiny possibility is then crushed by the last line…the chamber has made a mistake.
In politics, if you see this kind of reaction to a report, then you have to believe that something is being covered up.
The best defense is a good offence. The City of Thunder Bay is covering up something…I can smell it.
Release the media hounds and Hobbs as well.