Judge orders CFS referendum for UVic

Students could vote on membership this spring


A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that a Canadian Federation of Students membership  referendum will take place at the University of Victoria. In 2009, a petition signed by 10 per cent of University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) members calling for a referendum was presented to the CFS. In response, a counter-petition was circulated, and some students signed both. The CFS argued that duplicate signatures were invalid and refused to agree to a referendum, prompting the UVSS to take the case to court.

In his Feb 1 ruling, Justice Malcolm Macaulay concluded that it was the counter-petition that was invalid. “The national executive of the CFS invoked a process that was not contemplated by the bylaws in effect at the time and, as a result, applied an irrelevant consideration in determining that the petition was not in order. The adoption of a process outside the bylaws amounted to an excess of jurisdiction,” he wrote.

The UVSS hopes to hold a referendum this semester.

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Judge orders CFS referendum for UVic

  1. Yay! Now we only need to go to court one more time when the CFS sues us for leaving. Good thing we paid all of those CFS fees so they can hire lawyers to keep us in our place!

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