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      Tina NgoTina Ngo
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      1. Should member co-ops be granted more autonomy over decision-making to help them navigate their own path through the economic downturn?
      If so, what decision-making powers should be given to individual co-operatives? Should they be able to control their own marketing and wholesale purchasing? How would this affect FCL and the other member co-ops?

      The co-ops should have some autonomy over decision-making to help them navigate their own path through the economic downturn, but not fully. As a co-ops, the power lies in the collective voice as a system, to have the full autonomy means, there’s no different than an individual shop. However, each co-op should have the ability to make their own decision at the same time that would fit and adapt to their location where they operate. Each co-op is unique in its on way so yes, they should be able to to control their own marketing and wholesale purchasing but with some guideline in place.

      2. If not, what decisions should be transferred to FCL? Should FCL be able to control the marketing and wholesale purchasing for the system? How would this affect FCL and the other member co-ops?

      The decisions that should be transferred to FCL are decision that impact the system as a whole. Part of the marketing should be transfer to FCL and wholesale to benefit from economy of scale and collective voice. However, same as above, due to the differences in different location and culture, each co-op should have some autonomy to express themselves.

      3. What message would you deliver to the other board members and local co-op boards?

      The message should be the same to the board members and local co-op boards, communication should be consistent. However, if one local board is more affected than others, they should ensure the need are address and be transparent on what they do.

      4. How would you sell your vision for saving co-operative retailing in western Canada?

      We are a one big co-op family, when a family member needs our help, we should do what need to be done to help the member. We are stronger as a group, and ensure our voice are heard regardless of our size. This separate us from a corporation, we work together for the benefits of a whole. When you need your members help, you know that we will be there for you.

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney
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      Thanks for this, Tina! I want to push you a little further on your fourth point. That’s an excellent message, but the CRS has a very diverse membership, with an enormous range in size of member co-ops. How would you convince the largest co-op in the system — a co-op that was much larger than any of the other co-ops — of the truth of your statement (#4). They might feel that they do all the ‘helping’ and therefore don’t need everyone else.

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      Jen BudneyJen Budney
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      Thanks for this, Tina! I want to push you a little further on your fourth point. That’s an excellent message, but the CRS has a very diverse membership, with an enormous range in size of member co-ops. How would you convince the largest co-op in the system — a co-op that was much larger than any of the other co-ops — of the truth of your statement (#4). They might feel that they do all the ‘helping’ and therefore don’t need everyone else.

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