Mise à jour : L’Union Étudiante du Québec : les premiers référendums

Et c’est parti! La Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) n’y est plus. Durant les mois de novembre et de décembre, plusieurs associations étudiantes à travers le Québec consultent leurs membres concernant l’affiliation à la nouvelle association étudiante provinciale, l’Union Étudiante du Québec (UÉQ).

Voici une liste des associations étudiantes qui ont soit déjà consulté leurs membres ou qui leur consulteront sous peu :

  • La Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l’Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) a annoncé par voit de communiqué de presse qu’elle s’est affiliée à l’UÉQ suite au vote de ses membres réunis en congrès spécial le 25 novembre 2015. Selon le journal L’Express, les résultats sont les suivantes : 156 en faveur, 45 contre et 41 abstentions. Elle devient donc le premier membre de la nouvelle association étudiante provinciale.
  • La CADEUL : Les membres de la CADEUL (Université Laval) pourront soit inscrire un X sur un bulletin de vote physique ou voter en ligne lors du référendum (23-30 novembre 2015).
  • Entre les 23 et 27 novembre 2015, l’Association étudiante de l’École des sciences de la gestion de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (AéESG) a tenu son référendum d’affiliation. Selon sa page Facebook, 867 membres ont voté (747 en faveur, 118 contre et 2 abstentions). AéESG est maintenant membre de l’UÉQ.
  • Un référendum d’affiliation nationale aura lieu à l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (l’Association des étudiants de Polytechnique (AÉP) (1er cycle) et l’Association des étudiants des cycles supérieurs de Polytechnique (AÉCSP) (cycles supérieurs)) entre les 30 novembre et 3 décembre 2015. 
  • Les membres du Regroupement des étudiants de maîtrise, de diplôme et de doctorat de l’Université de Sherbrooke (REMDUS(Cycles supérieurs de l’Université de Sherbrooke) voteront sur la question de l’affiliation nationale du 4 au 11 décembre 2015.
  • Pour sa part, les membres de l’Association générale étudiante de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiskamingue (l’AGEUQAT) avaient le choix entre l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) et l’UÉQ. Selon sa page Facebook, avec un taux de participation de 10%, 84 votes en faveur de l’ASSÉ, 241 votes pour l’UÉQ, 21 votes pour aucune des deux associations et 30 abstentions. Un article dans La Frontière cite Marc Corriveau, le président de l’AGEUQAT : «Nous [les membres de l’exécutif de l’AGEUQAT] sommes excessivement fiers et enthousiastes de faire partie de cette association [Union étudiante du Québec] qui a à coeur le consensus, la transparence, la crédibilité, la solidarité et le respect».
  • Le Mouvement des associations générales étudiantes de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (MAGE-UQAC) a donné trois options à ses membres : soit rejoindre l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), l’Association pour la voix étudiante au Québec (AVEQ) ou l’UÉQ. Selon la page Facebook Mouvement étudiant .info, voici les résultats :
    • Souhaitez-vous que le MAGE-UQAC intègre une association nationale?
      Oui : 274
      Non : 286
      Abstention : 92
    • Dans le cas d’une réponse positive, dans quelle association nationale souhaitez-vous voir le MAGE-UQAC s’affilier?
      UÉQ : 54
      AVEQ : 165
      ASSÉ : 94
      Abstention : 339

 

Le MAGE-UQAC restera donc indépendent pour le moment. Selon la Capsule du MAGE-UQAC du 30 novembre 2015, le prochain référendum sur la question d’affiliation à une association étudiante provinciale aura lieu à l’automne 2016.

Nous nous assurerons de mettre à jour cet article au fur et à mesure que les résultats des référendums futurs seront rendus publics.

MISE À JOUR – samedi 12 décembre 2015

CADEUL (Université Laval)
Les membres de la CADEUL ont voté en faveur de l’indépendance. Par contre, des irrégularités avec le système de vote électronique de l’Université Laval ont été constatées. Durant une séance spéciale, le conseil d’administration de la CADEUL «a pris la décision de ne pas entériner les résultats du vote référendaire.» Le directeur du référendum, Patrick Taillon (professeur à la Faculté de droit) devra rendre son rapport référendaire au conseil d’administration au mois de janvier. 

L’AÉP et l’AÉCSP (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Les membres de l’Association des étudiants de Polytechnique (AÉP) ont voté en faveur de l’affiliation à l’UÉQ. Selon la page Facebook de l’AÉP, voici
 les résultats :

  • De 780 votes valides (taux de participation 16.18%) : 467 votes pour de l’affiliation (59.9%), 228 votes contre (29.2%) et 85 abstentions (10.9%)

Les membres de l’Association des étudiants des cycles supérieurs de Polytechnique ont voté en faveur de l’affiliation à l’UÉQ. Les résultats sont les suivantes : 

Oui : 158 (69,6%)
Non : 69 (30,4%)
Abstention : 28
Nul : 9
Taux de participation : 11,5%

REMDUS (Université de Sherbrooke)
En ce qui concerne le REMDUS, un courriel aurait été envoyé aux étudiantes et aux étudiants hier après-midi pour annoncer les résultats :

« Acceptez-vous que votre association étudiante de campus, le REMDUS, s’affilie au niveau national à l’Union étudiante du Québec (UEQ) en tant que membre fondateur, moyennant une cotisation de 4,50 $ par étudiante ou étudiant par session et indexée à l’indice des prix à la consommation ? »

Les résultats sont les suivants:
Oui: 583 (57,61 %)
Non: 429 (42,39 %)
Abstention: 136

L’option du OUI est celle qui a récolté le plus de vote. Les résultats du référendum sont réputés valide avec un taux de participation de 15,98 %. Le comité référendaire atteste donc des résultat et autorise la diffusion de ceux-ci.

Résumé : les associations étudiantes suivantes sont maintenant membre de l’UÉQ : la FAÉCUM, l’AéESG, l’AÉP, l’AÉCSP et le REMDUS.

Canadian Federation of Students 34th annual general meeting

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the Canadian Federation of Students-Services (CFS-S) will hold their 34th annual general meeting from November 22 to November 25, 2015.

Studentunion.ca has obtained the agenda for the opening plenary.

Deux nouvelles associations étudiantes remplaceront la FEUQ

Les nouvelles associations se nommeront l’Union étudiante du Québec (UÉQ) et l’Association pour une Voix Étudiante du Québec (AVEQ)

En avril dernier, le journal Le Devoir a annoncé la mort de la Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ). L’effondrement de cette dernière est survenu après une vague de désaffiliation qui a déclenché une crise existentielle. La décision a été prise de mettre l’organisation en veille jusqu’à la création d’une nouvelle organisation étudiante provinciale (ou nationale dans le dialecte québécoise).

Ce débat s’est entamé à une réunion le 21-22 mars 2015 à Québec. Le Projet pour le mouvement étudiant (PPME) a été créé comme organisation à l’intérim afin d’encadrer les discussions. Après la deuxième réunion du PPME (18-19 avril 2015), quatre associations étudiantes (Chicoutimi, Rimouski, Trois-Rivière et l’Association des étudiantes et des étudiants de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université du Québec à Montréal) quittent le processus en raison, entre autres, du désaccord sur le mode de scrutin à choisir (une association, un vote c. double majorité)1. Il semble aussi y avoir, selon certaines associations, une urgence d’agir qui a été imposée sur les associations participantes par le biais d’un «contrat associatif». Selon le procès-verbal du 15 juillet 2015 du conseil d’administration de la REMDUS, 10 associations auraient signé ce contrat et «sont légalement redevables au PPME.» :

  • Fédération étudiante de l’Université de Sherbrooke (FEUS)
  • Confédération des associations d’étudiants et étudiantes de l’Université Laval (CADEUL)
  • Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l’Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM)
  • l’Association des Étudiants de Polytechnique (AÉP)
  • l’Association des étudiants des Cycles Supérieurs de Polytechnique (AÉCSP)
  • l’Association étudiante de l’École de technologie supérieure (AÉÉTS)
  • l’Association étudiante de l’École des sciences de la gestion (AÉÉSG) (UQAM)
  • l’Association générale étudiante de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (AGÉ-UQAT)
  • Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University (PGSS)
  • Regroupement des étudiants de maîtrise, de diplôme et de doctorat de l’Université de Sherbrooke (REMDUS)

Selon le journal étudiant Impact Campus, l’organisation résultant de ces délibérations sera nommée l’Union étudiante du Québec (UÉQ) (Quebec Student Union en anglais). Cette dernière aura un mode de scrutin à double majorité et une cotisation de 9.00$/étudiant par année. Son comité exécutif aura 5 membres au départ et s’accroîtra éventuellement à 10 membres.

Les associations étudiantes qui ont quitté le PPME se sont créé un nouveau projet connu sous le nom de «Projet Vision Commune» (la Table des régions existait auparavant). Récemment, cette dernière est devenue l’Association pour la Voix Étudiante au Québec (AVEQ) (Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec en anglais). Le comité exécutif de cette dernière aura six (6) membres et la cotisation initiale sera fixée à 2.50$ par étudiant. L’AVEQ est présentement à la recherche d’un coordonnateur général et d’un coordonnateur des communications. Entres autres, la Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), le Concordia Student Union (CSU), la PGSS et la FEUS ont participé à la formation des deux nouvelles organisations. Par contre, la SSMU, le CSU et la PGSS ont publié un communiqué qui supporte l’AVEQ sans nommer l’organisation explicitement. 

Ces deux nouvelles associations étudiantes provinciales se rejoignent à la Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) et à l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) sur la scène de la politique étudiante québécoise.

1. L’UÉQ utilisera un système à double majorité : une motion devra être approuvée par une majorité des membres (une association, un vote). Si la motion est adoptée lors de ce premier vote, un deuxième vote aura lieu en utilisant le système semi-proportionnel. Ce dernier accordera plus de votes aux plus grandes associations étudiantes.


The new student associations will be called the Quebec Student Union (QSU) and the Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec (AVEQ)

Last April, Le Devoir announced the death of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ). The collapse came about following a wave of disaffiliations which triggered an existential crisis. The FEUQ board of directors voted to place the organization in dormancy until a replacement organization was created. 

The debate surrounding the creation of this new student organisation began on March 21 and 22, 2015 in Quebec City. The Project for the Student Movement (PSM) was created as an interim organisation moving forward. Following the second meeting pf the PSM (April 18-19, 2015), four student associations (Chicoutimi, Rimouski, Trois-Rivière and l’Association des étudiantes et des étudiants de la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université du Québec à Montréal) abandoned the process due to, among other reasons, a disagreement on the voting system (one member, one vote vs double majority)1. According to these student associations, a “membership contract” was being imposed upon the participants of the negotiations. Regroupement des étudiants de maîtrise, de diplôme et de doctorat de l’Université de Sherbrooke (REMDUS) board of administration minutes from July 15th, 2015 indicate that 10 student associations signed the contract: 

  • Fédération étudiante de l’Université de Sherbrooke (FEUS)
  • Confédération des associations d’étudiants et étudiantes de l’Université Laval (CADEUL)
  • Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l’Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM)
  • l’Association des Étudiants de Polytechnique (AÉP)
  • l’Association des étudiants des Cycles Supérieurs de Polytechnique (AÉCSP)
  • l’Association étudiante de l’École de technologie supérieure (AÉÉTS)
  • l’Association étudiante de l’École des sciences de la gestion (AÉÉSG) (UQAM)
  • l’Association générale étudiante de l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (AGÉ-UQAT)
  • Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University (PGSS)
  • Regroupement des étudiants de maîtrise, de diplôme et de doctorat de l’Université de Sherbrooke (REMDUS)

According to the student newspaper The Link, the Quebec Student Union (QSU) (l’Union étudiante du Québec in French) is the name of the new provincial student association resulting from the PSM deliberations. It will employ a double majority voting system and membership fees will amount to $9.00/student per year ($4.50 per semester). The executive committee is currently made up of 5 members but will increase to 10 members in the future.

The student associations that left the PMS came together to form a second project which became known as the “Common Vision Project” (Projet Vision Commune in French) (formerly known as la Table des régions). Recently, its permanent name became the Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec (AVEQ). Its executive committee is made up of six members and its membership fees will be $2.50 per student. AVEQ is currently recruiting a general coordinator and communications coordinator. The Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), the Concordia Student Union (CSU), the PGSS and FEUS are some of the student associations that contributed to both projects. However, a statement of support signed by the SSMU, the CSU and the PGSS indicates that they are in favour of AVEQ’s structure.

These two new provincial student associations join the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) and l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) on the student advocacy scene in Quebec

1. The QSU has chosen a double majority voting system: A motion would first have to be approved by a majority of members (one member, one vote). Once approved, a second vote would proceed using a semi-proportional voting system. This system allocates more votes to the larger student associations.

Former student politicians eyeing jobs in PMO

Many of you are likely aware that we are currently in the first leg of one of the longest federal elections since Confederation. And, for the first time since the existence of the New Democratic Party (NDP), the party has a realistic shot at forming government. This means that former student politicians and post-secondary education activists who were involved with the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and who have supported the party could soon find themselves working in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Who might end up working in an NDP PMO?

Let’s start with former CFS chairperson, George Soule who has been working for Thomas Mulcair in the Leader of the Official Opposition’s office as Associate Director of Media. Before that, Soule was an NDP campaign spokesperson during the 2011 federal election which saw Jack Layton’s NDP thrusted into official opposition. Another longtime CFS staffer Lucy Watson also joined the Dippers earlier this year as National campaign co-ordinator (it remains unclear if she is on leave from the CFS, if she has left the organization altogether or if she was one of the employees who was caught up in the alleged internal labour dispute within the Federation). Former CFS national treasurer and Director of information technology Ben Lewis is currently a national NDP communications officer. Brad Lavigne, former CFS chairperson and close advisor to the late Jack Layton, returned to the NDP a a senior campaign strategist following his short stint in the private sector as a consultant with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

While others from labour unions and left-wing activists will likely come out of the woodwork, it’s hard to know whether Thomas Mulcair will want to surround himself with those on the more extreme left. Regardless, this piece gives you some food for thought on who could very well be walking the corridors of power in the event that the NDP were to form government once the votes have been counted on October 19, 2015. 

UPDATED: CBUSU suffers major blow in legal defeat against CFS

The Ontario Superior Court rendered a decision in a case pitting the Cape Breton University Students’ Union (CBUSU) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). This long-standing legal battle stems from a dispute of the legitimacy of a March 2008 referendum on continued membership. Out of the 366 students who casted a ballot, 92% voted against continued membership in the Federation. In summary, the CBUSU remains a member of the Federation and is on the hook for 6 years worth of unpaid membership fees, worth $293,159.13. The CFS was asked to submit its costs submission within 30 days of the release of the decision. This will likely add another significant financial burden facing the CBUSU. 

In Mr. Justice Robert N. Beaudoin’s Analysis and Conclusion, he writes: “I am satisfied on all of the evidence before me that the referendum held by the CBUSU was invalid in that it did not comply with the then prevailing Bylaws and that the vote on defederation cannot be recognized on any other basis.”

This charge is based on the fact that, in September 2007, it was in fact the members of the CBUSU executive that initiated the petition that would trigger a referendum. During the trial, it was admitted that members of the executive collected the signature during the first week of classes, September 10-15, 2007. This is where the CBUSU diverged from the CFS Bylaws. According to Bylaw 1, Article 3(a)(iii) of the Federation’s most recently available Bylaws, only “the students collectively belonging to a local student association” (i.e.: the individual students who make up the CBUSU membership) can initiate a petition, not the “voting member” (i.e.: the CBUSU executive is considered a voting member of the CFS).

The consequences stemming from this decision could mean the end of the CBUSU. The student union was ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in damages to the CFS as well as the Federation’s legal fees which could amount to another $100,000. Speaking with CTV News Atlantic, Brandon Ellis, President of the CBUSU, admitted that all options are on the table including laying off some of the student union’s 80 employees or even bankruptcy.

Further reactions to the decision

Students Nova Scotia expressed its concern in a statement regarding the results of the trial.

Paul Wells, political editor at Maclean’s Magazine, weighed in on Twitter leading us to believe he has some knowledge of the Federation’s rocky history:

Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner also took to Twitter to say he is “proud” of StudentNS for its stance on the CBU issue:

Finally, to get further historical context, you can go back and listen to an interview from June 2014 which included Brandon Ellis, President of the CBUSU, and Brent Farrington, CFS Internal Co-ordinator. They both spoke with CBC’s Information Morning Cape Breton’s host Steve Sutherland.

UPDATED: Saturday August 8, 2015

On Friday, we initially posted an article on our Facebook page which indicated that the CBUSU had filed for bankruptcy. However, this was an erroneous report. Later in the afternoon, another article was published in The Chronicle Herald stating that the CBUSU would in fact appeal Justice Robert N. Beaudoin’s decision. Brandon Ellis told the Herald that Toronto-based law firm Borden Ladner Gervais is representing the student union. This is the same firm that represented the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union last year in its legal case against the Federation.

CFS-BC to defederate from CFS-National?

If certain members of the Canadian Federation of Students – British Columbia (CFS-BC) get their way, the provincial affiliate of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) might loosen its affiliation with the CFS, or even end it all together.

The agenda of the upcoming general meeting of CFS-BC, scheduled for August 13 – 15, 2015, contains no less than twelve resolutions criticizing the national CFS and urging CFS-BC to distance itself from CFS. Some of these resolutions are not listed as coming from a particular students’ union, which usually means that the resolution was proposed by CFS-BC’s Executive Committee. Other resolutions are listed as coming from a particular students’ unions; these resolutions do not (yet) reflect the official position of CFS-BC.

The CFS has suffered internal conflict since at least the beginning of this year, and the CFS-BC resolutions appear to be related to this ongoing conflict.

One of these resolutions declares that “member local of the Canadian Federation of Students(-British Columbia) in British Columbia have no confidence in the National Executive”:

2015/08:N06 MOTION
Whereas there is a vast and growing divide in the political perspective and goals of the representatives of member local students’ unions in the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services);

Whereas the Preamble to the Bylaws of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) outlines the founding principles as 1) to organise students on a democratic, cooperative basis in advancing our own interests, and in advancing the interests of our community; 2) to provide a common framework within which students can communicate, exchange information, and share experience,skills and ideas; 3) to ensure the effective use and distribution of the resources of the student movement, while maintaining a balanced growth and development of student organisations that respond to students needs and desires; 4) to bring students together to discuss and cooperatively achieve necessary educational administrative, or legislative change wherever decision-making affects students; 5) to facilitate cooperation among students in organising services which supplement our academic experience, provide for our human needs, and which develop a sense of community with our peers and other members of society; 6) to articulate the real desire of students to fulfil the duties, and be accorded the rights of citizens in our society and in the international community; 7) to achieve our ultimate goal—a system of post-secondary education which is accessible to all, which is of high quality, which is nationally planned, which recognizes the legitimacy of student representation, and validity of student rights, and whose role in society is clearly recognized and appreciated;

Whereas the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) no longer upholds the principles outlined in the Preamble to the Bylaws, thus fails to represent those committed to their advancement;

Whereas Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario staffperson Toby Whitfield has been engaged by some individual members of the National Executive to assist with their particular political agenda within the Canadian Federation of Students, resulting in labour relations strife and violations of Federation democracy;

Whereas Bilan Arte and Anna Dubinski, along with former National Chairperson Jessica McCormick, have lied, withheld information, and otherwise made it impossible for other members of the National Executive to uphold their fiduciary duty to the Canadian Federation of Students;

Whereas Bilan Arte and Anna Dubinski, along with former National Chairperson Jessica McCormick, lied to members of the Canadian Federation of Students at the 67th semi-annual general meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students;

Whereas at the 67th semi-annual general meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services), delegates representing BC members were subject to collective and individual disrespect, belittling, ad hominem attacks, and other intolerable interactions;

Whereas, at that same meeting, an announcement was made during the plenary session that unaccounted moneys of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) existed, which were being used for purposes unreported to members (including at the 67th semi-annual general meeting itself);

Whereas, at that same meeting, it became clear that the personal desires of some had come to supersede the supremacy of democracy within the structure of the Federations, including electoral fraud in the nomination of positions to the National Executive and the duty of the National Executive
to uphold its fiduciary responsability as well as report its activity to members; therefore,

Be it resolved that commitment to the founding principles of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) as outlined in the Preamble to the Bylaws be affirmed;

Be it further resolved that a letter be sent to the National Executive of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) declaring:

  1. that member local unions of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) in British Columbia have no confidence in the National Executive;
  2. that member local unions of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) in British Columbia demand of the National Executive that the following conditions be made to exist:
    • creation of a campaign strategy that seeks to achieve our ultimate goal, as outlined in the Preamble to the Bylaws, through political initiatives with principled immediate demands, detailed immediate tasks, and common support;
    • recognition of the election of Aboriginal Students’ Representative Tl’ehskwiisimka Marshall, and the recognition of the election of Women’s Representative Shayli Robinson;
    • removal of all those from payroll who have not been hired according to standard hiring practices through which the National Executive has ultimate decision making power and the fulfillment of the legal requirement that the hiring of all employees of the Federation to be ratified by a vote of the National Executive, inclusive of all current non-unionised employees;
    • resignation of Bilan Arte and Anna Dubinski in acknowledgement that they have misled the membership of the Federations, failed to share information with other members of the National Executive, and are otherwise incapable of executing their duties;
    • removal of Toby Whitfield from the payroll of the Canadian Federation of Students and/or Canadian Federation of Students(-Services), and a permanent commitment that the Federation entities no longer associate with this person;
    • removal of Jessica McCormick from the payroll of the Canadian Federation of Students and/or Canadian Federation of Students(-Services), and a permanent commitment that the Federation entities no longer associate with this person;
    • public acknowledgement that directors of the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services) were aware of the use of funds that, while not represented in the annual audited financial statements and not regularly reported to general meetings or the National Executive, was used in the best interest of students. This acknowledgement should include absolution of any employee who was aware of this practice;
    • affirmation of the principle of “One Local, One Vote”, including the limitation of no more than three votes afforded to organisations representing students of one post-secondary institution; and,

Be it further resolved that an investigation be launched into the establishment of a national organisation for the purpose of representing post-secondary students.

CFS National Chairperson Jessica McCormick has denied any allegations of improprieties in the CFS’s executive election process, stating that the process was “democratic and occurred just like in previous years.” McCormick also denied any problems in the organization’s human resources management practices.

Another of these resolutions requests the CFS-BC Executive Committee to “review” the “advisability and practical process of of eliminating congruent membership with the Canadian Federation of Students(-Services)”:

2015/08:N05 MOTION TO AMEND BYLAWS

Whereas students began working together through the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia in 1966 as the Assembly of British Columbia Students, later known as the British Columbia Student Federation;

Whereas the British Columbia Student Federation changed its name to Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia in 1981 based on the principles of provincial and national congruency that were key to the development of the Canadian Federation of Students;

Whereas the progressive coalition that once led the Canadian Federation of Students has been irreparably betrayed by forces outside British Columbia and there exists little benefit to maintaining congruency or a unified identity between the provincial and national entities;

Whereas British Columbia student solidarity has proven to be a valuable and powerful tool for progress in the province; therefore,

Be it resolved that Bylaw II be reviewed and a recommendation made to the next general meeting regarding the advisability and practical process of eliminating congruent membership with the
Canadian Federation of Students(-Services).

According to the affiliation agreement signed between the CFS and CFS-BC in 1982, the “practical process” of disaffiliation is not as simple as the current CFS-BC leadership might consider it to be. The affiliation agreement, which prohibits CFS-BC from accepting or maintaining voting member students’ unions who are not members of the national student organization, specifies that only a province-wide referendum is sufficient to allow CFS-BC to defederate from the CFS:

(5) TERMINATION BY PROVINCIAL COMPONENTS

This Agreement may be terminated by the Provincial Component only where a majority of the individual student members in attendance at each post-secondary institution whose local student association is a member of the Provincial Component approve withdrawal by way of referendum.