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McCague resigns from NTIS

Posted May 12, 2014

Deteriorating health issues have forced George McCague to resign from the New Tecumseth Improvement Society (NTIS), ending a connection that dates back to 1999 when he was appointed its first chair.

The NTIS is a not for profit entity established originally as a dodge to avoid paying approximately $2 million in GST on the $27.3 million, 57 kilometer water pipeline between Collingwood and Alliston. And while New Tecumseth owns the pipeline, it is leased (99 years) to the NTIS whose composition includes one representative from Collingwood PUC, one representative from OCWA, two elected officials of New Tecumseth and one resident of New Tecumseth voted for by the board members, which has been Mr. McCague.

Its function isn't entirely clear, minutes of meetings, which are held at least once per year in May or June, are not included in council agenda packages.

Mr. McCague, who retired from provincial politics as Simcoe West PC MPP and Ontario Cabinet Minister, in 1990, was New Tecumseth's first elected mayor in 1991. He served one term, losing a reelection bid in 1993 to Rick Milne. Mr. McCague played an active role in negotating the pipeline construction financing deal.

His resignation from the NTIS was an in camera item last Monday night. On tonight's agenda is an in camera item also dealing with the pipeline, but as a legal matter.

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