Volume 95, Issue 55

Thursday, January 10, 2002
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Too little, too late

Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Board 2001-2002

Too little, too late

A motion put forward at last night's Social Science Students' Council meeting called for an emergency session next week to decide whether the council's president and VP-finance should be impeached.

The motion, authored by councillor Eric Fortin and VP-communications Liz Berman, comes months after a budget crisis arose at the SSSC. Not surprisingly, it was resoundingly defeated.

This motion, so late in the school year, is suspect to say the least and raises a number of questions.

First, who would fill these two positions and what kind of adequate training would that person receive to carry out their duties?

The new comers would receive very little and thus, would be quite ineffective. Though the current president and VP-finance have certainly not proven themselves to be overly competent, they seem to be attempting to mend their ways.

One must suspect the motion comes more as the result of an ulterior motive and less out of interest for constituents. Otherwise, it would have been brought forward when the budget problems first came to light in the fall and not after the council's executive tried to correct their mistakes.

The timing of the motion is questionable at best. Not only does it come a few weeks prior to the beginning of the University Student's Council presidential race and the same election that decides faculty presidents, it also falls within an earshot of the USC vice-presidential election in March.

It would have seemed more appropriate to bring forth this motion months ago, when the SSSC screw-ups first came to light. Bringing up the issue again – right as things appear to be getting back on track – seems to be counterproductive to saving what little credibility is left of the council.

It is doubtful whether or not impeaching president Duane Baxter and VP-finance Owais Rafiq would have saved face for the SSSC. In fact, the opposite is the case.

This motion seems only to add to the entire mess, rendering this council a complete joke to students and, more specifically, its constituents. Contrary to what the motion's authors claim, impeaching members of the executive will not save the council from its state of "ill repute."

Undoubtedly, there are some councillors and members of the executive who are striving to serve their constituents to the best of their abilities. Their efforts are compromised when their fellow councillors attempt to pass motions like this and, most importantly, the students they are elected to serve lose out in the end.

There was an opportunity to hold certain individuals accountable for their actions, but that opportunity has long since passed.

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