On Campus

Conservatives conspire on campus clubs

Tory reps promoted setting up "shell" and "front organizations" to get student union funding

I heard about this story on CBC Radio this morning:

Tactics for defeating Public Interest Research Groups. Strategies for keeping the left-leaning Canadian Federation of Students off campus.

These are some of the workshops the Ontario Progressive Conservative Campus Association held at Wilfrid Laurier University last month.

Leaked recordings and documents from those workshops have set campus newspapers and blogs abuzz.

The Canadian Federation of Students alleges the leaked information reveals a Tory plan to interfere with student politics.

A number of audio recordings, photos and other files have been posted on wikileaks.org by an anonymous source. In one of the audio recordings Aaron Wudrick, former campaign manager for Tory MP Peter Braid, and Ryan O’Connor, a former vice-president of the Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo, discuss setting up “shell organization[s]” and “front groups” to access more student union funding and make it appear as though conservative causes have more support amongst students than they actually do.

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