quickie update.

Posted by: | April 11, 2008 | 7 Comments

Looks like Kwantlen won’t be leaving the CFS just yet.

Steve Lee, KUSA Director of Finance, had this to say (via MSN): “one major complaint was the high amount of stuff – free food, donuts, candy, isic cards, buttons – that the cfs was giving away.
when we put forward a set of rules to the judge last month it did not include a provision to ban the giving away of free food or other similar items – which we usually have banned from distribution during our regular ksa elections so that a campaign is about ideas not about who can give away more stuff.”

More information about the CFS vs Kwantlen case can be found here.


7 Comments so far

  1. Eoin on April 11, 2008 4:56 pm


  2. Alfie on April 11, 2008 10:24 pm

    In fact, what is considered bribing in Kwantlen is actually entirely legitimate and legal in the Alma Mater Society of University of British Columbia Vancouver. Good thing we are not in CFS! (wow, you can bribe someone with food here, yummy, any bake items for the next election, i love cookies).

    I would like to direct all to the passage below, as stated in the AMS website.

    (e) Only the following forms of campaigning, and no others, shall be permitted during
    elections and referenda:

    v) distribution of food and non-alcoholic drink;

    In Section IX Code Procedures, A. Electoral Procedures, Article 2, e), v) in the AMS Code and procedures updated July 2007 version.

  3. Anonymous on April 12, 2008 3:50 am

    im starting to suspect that the CFS is actually the republican party wearing the husk of a left wing corpse

  4. Ashley on April 12, 2008 8:47 am

    I’ve been skeptical of this CFS since the very beginning. The ads on the skytrain just weren’t appealing enough. And I’m not a fan of unions anyway. It just seems like such a silly and useless thing to pay to have. I imagine CFS having an infomercial on at 2 in the morning…

    “Call and buy membership now, and we’ll include a package of cookies with your next newsletter!”


    In other more exciting news, the block party was half a dozen of one, six of the other for me.The lineups were godawful. I’ve never been one for budging, but if I hadn’t budged to get into the stupid party in the first place, I wouldn’t have gotten in until 7:30. And the lineup for beer tickets took 45 minutes, which is completely unacceptable. I just feel like they didn’t learn or take notes from ACF at all, which IMO ran infinitely smoother than the block party did. Whatevs. I’m still slightly drunk so overall, it wa sa success.

  5. Ashley on April 12, 2008 7:15 pm

    I was drunk when I wrote that last comment, just as an excuse for its rambling. Although I’m quite impressed with my ability to maintain proper grammar and spelling even after having imbibed significant portions of alcohol.

  6. Matthew Naylor on April 12, 2008 10:58 pm

    To Alfie:

    We have campaign spending limits. Anything that we spend in terms of giveaways is counted against our $350 limit. Thats why I only had so many buttons.

  7. Titus on April 16, 2008 3:36 am

    There were quite a number of factors that led to the CFS victory in the Kwantlen referendum. The fact that there was no campaign finance limit certainly helped.

    To take one example – at the Langley campus (less than 2000 students), the CFS had three full-time campaigners: a CFS-BC full-time officer, a CFS-BC staff person, and the CFS-Ontario full-time Chairperson. Our side only had a couple of part-time elected officers and some volunteers.

    Now, the cost of flying the many fedheads from Ontario to Vancouver and back was significant in and of itself, but one has to recognize that they spent this money on airfares because they recognized the value of having some of the best campaigners in the entire country concentrated on one campus.

    Another anecdote: I learned that the CFS’ Langley campaigners were actually lodged in a hotel in Langley, even though two of them lived in Vancouver. The reason is simple: the CFS realized that if their campaigners could start campaigning at 8:30am and keep going until 7:30pm at night (the duration of polls), have time in the evening to have a campaign meeting, and get enough sleep to do the same thing the next day, then paying for these hotel rooms is money well spent….

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