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McGill students to vote on motion condemning Israeli bombing

Thursday vote could make McGill students first in Canada to condemn bombing of Islamic University.


 

Students at McGill University will have the opportunity to vote for or against a motion to condemn the Israeli bombing of the Islamic University during recent fighting with Hamas.

The vote will occur during the Students’ Society of McGill University’s Winter General Assembly on Thursday.

Putting aside the debate about the motion itself; the decision by the organizers behind this motion to bring it to a vote of the General Assembly is proper.

A motion such as this is completely inappropriate for a student union council to pass on behalf of an entire student body; it is not inappropriate for a student body to decide to pass it themselves.


 

McGill students to vote on motion condemning Israeli bombing

  1. I have heard that a number of student unions have actually passed this motion across Canada.

  2. It’s also a good way to get quorum at your AGM.

  3. To be clear, the motion stems from a clause in the student union constitution which stipulates that any 100 people signing a petition can bring forward a motion to be debated at the GA.

    There never was an initiative for, or a possibility that, this motion be debated elsewhere, because the legislative and executive council do not have the right according to the constitution to bring motions that are divisive in nature.

    Since none of this happened because of the “political class”, it is therefore also not a tactic to get quorum at the GA.

    You know, it’s pretty amazing what a non-controlled/manipulated/highjacked/overtaken/illegally seized/crooked/mafiarun student association can do when spontaneity of the members is tolerated/accepted/encouraged.

    Prediction : nothing newsworthy will come of this. The motion will not carry, no physical fights will take place, and the level of debate will remain very civilized. I encourage everyone to move on to more important or interesting news items, not that McGill people mind the publicity, it’s just that it’s plain useless to cover this.

  4. UPDATE : nothing newsworthy came of this. The motion did not carry, no physical fights took place, and the level of debate remained very civilized. I encourage everyone to move on to more important or interesting news items, not that McGill people mind the publicity, it’s just that it’s plain useless to cover this.

  5. I didn’t mean to sound derisive towards McGill, I was just pointing out in a semi-serious way my experience with AGMs, which is that unless there is something big/controversial on the agenda (and unless you promise free food and/or beer) getting quorum at a student union and/or student paper AGM is very rare.

  6. The YFS at York pulled the same stunt (without consulting the student body- of course) after the impeachment process started to gain steam. Strangely enough, signing the “Drop YFS” impeachment petition is now viewed by many at York as being Zionist.

    Why in the holy hell would the YFS pass this motion after a very divisive strike? I suspect that they don’t have the undergraduate’s best interests in heart.

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