Student strike against tuition hike #5

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No Thanks, Says CSU
Concordia Students Vote Down Government Offer

The Concordia Student Union voted unanimously at a special council meeting on May 8 to reject the Charest government’s recent tuition offer.

Around 50 students showed up to the meeting. While those not on council lack voting rights, the discussion portion of the meeting was open to all.

Well, almost all. CSU President Lex Gill asked that “all external media” leave the meeting, clarifying that only The Link, CUTV, CJLO and The Concordian were welcome.

“This is a way for us to poll student association on their feelings, and have that reflect our position on the FEUQ,” explained VP External Chad Walcott.

The CSU holds a total of six votes at the federation, the highest number any group can hold. Gill clarified early on that any decision rendered by council would be the decision brought to the FEUQ table.

The meeting was momentarily thrown off the rails by a brief visit from Board of Governors chair Peter Kruyt.

“I’m here because I was interested” said Kruyt after several students in the audience heckled him. “But I can leave if you don’t want me here.”

The remainder of the meeting moved on relatively uneventfully. The vote was called and passed only two hours after the meeting’s start.

“Like many student councils in Quebec, the CSU, in communication with its members, has rejected the government’s offer,” said Gill following the meeting.

The FEUQ will hold vote its own vote this Friday.

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