The University of Victoria Students’ Society will be officially encouraging students to vote against the Canadian Federation of Students in an upcoming referendum. Although the UVSS has battled in court with the CFS, and won, over the right to hold a vote on whether to leave the organization, it has until now remained officially neutral.
According to the Martlet, the motion was moved by director-at-large Karina Sangha who said, “Basically it allows the UVSS to take a public stance on the CFS issue . . . I know that there’s been problems on the UVSS not maintaining neutrality, but given the fact that the CFS has been so disrespectful to the UVSS in the past few months and over the years, I feel like this was necessary.” Sangha also said that “The CFS will be bombarding campus with the ‘yes’ side.” Recently, the students’ union at Comosum College voted to commit an unspecified level of funding towards campaigning for the Federation during the Victoria referendum.
While nine UVSS directors voted to endorse leaving the CFS, five abstained while four voted against the motion. The referendum is scheduled for March 29-31.