Students say no to CFS
Saturday, April 10, 20109 Comments
University of Guelph students overwhelmingly rejected continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students, according to
After a week of high profile campaigning, University of Guelph students overwhelmingly rejected continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students, according to results leaked to thecannon.
Two seperate sources, speaking on condition on anonymity, said the final tally for the referendum asking if undergrads wanted to remain part of the CFS was 5388 votes for No (73.5 per cent), versus 1675 vote for Yes (22.85 per cent).
A further 267 votes abstained from the question, while 12 votes provided no answer.
Turnout for the referendum was high for a campus election, with 7330 undergrads casting ballots - nearly 40 per cent of the population.
Quorum was set for 20 per cent of undergrads, or around 3900.
"I think what's striking isn't just the result itself, but just how many people decided to vote on this issue," one source said.
CSA Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissionner Gavin Armstron would neither comfirm nor deny the results, saying they would be released "in due time" by the Referendum Oversight Committee.
The ROC would also need to review alleged violations of rules prohibiting campaigning during the vote, Armstrong said.
In recent days, the referendum has divided student representatives on campus, with opposing camps trying to sway voters with endorsements.
Despite a heated debate, the CSA Board of Directors voted to endorse the No campaign last Wednesday.
On the morning of the election the CSA also sent out a mass email signed by college government presidents, student senators and other officials, encouraging students to vote No.
On Thurday, the C.J Munford Centre sent out its own letter, encourgaing students to vote Yes.
"The CFS helps to unite us with students across Canada to fight for student rights," the email read. "Voting yes is your way of saying that you support the work of this organization and that you believe that Guelph students should stay involved in this work."