Volume 90, Issue 102

Wednesday, April 09, 1997



Who put Education in my politics

By Karena Walter
Gazette Staff

While the University Students' Council's newly-formed Education Party of Canada addresses student concerns, Western's political clubs will be working for other party candidates in the upcoming federal election.

Young Reformers president, Pablo Frank, said he disapproves of the university trying to run a political agenda.

"I find this offensive – it's absurd. I'm a Reformer. I'm not a student party supporter."

Candidates should go through the normal democratic process and run legitimately rather than with a special interest group, he said.

"It sound like a waste of our money," Frank said, adding council does not need to spend $13,000 of students' money when regular channels voice their concerns.

"I think that if you want to make a difference you have to find a party you're suited towards," said Jasmine Igneski, president of the Progressive Conservative Club.

Igneski said there are four different political clubs at Western which shows students do not have the same political views.

Young Liberals Club president Nawaz Tahir said giving $13,000 is a little steep. It is students' money but it may not reflect all students on campus, he said, adding the money could be spent on something else.

The money issue should have been taken to a student referendum, Igneski said. The USC will have more to gain from running a candidate than the average student because it will get its name out there, she added.

Tahir said although the principle is good, the idea may be more effective in a provincial election.

President of the EPC, Ryan Parks, said it does not surprise him there is friction. "They don't necessary agree with what we're doing but they respect us for it."

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