Volume 95, Issue 54
Tuesday, January 9, 2002
Councillor seeks to impeach Baxter
SSSC president fights to keep job
By Erin Conway-Smith
A motion to hold an emergency meeting to impeach Social Science Students' Council president Duane Baxter and VP-finance Owais Rafiq will be brought forward at tonight's SSSC council meeting.
The motion, posted by SSSC councillor Eric Fortin, requests an emergency council meeting to be held Jan. 16, at which point motions for the impeachment of Baxter and Rafiq will be presented.
The motions for impeachment outline articles of the SSSC constitution Fortin said he feels have been breached by Baxter and Rafiq in their dealing with the council's financial problems that resulted from overspending on Orientation week activities.
The rationale for the motions of impeachment states:
"The [SSSC] has been severely financially compromised. The image of the [SSSC] has been cast in a light of ill repute. Neither the president nor the [VP-finance] has yet to remedy the situation within the authority of their portfolios, and the prolongation of these circumstances is to the great detriment of this council."
Both Baxter and Rafiq said they were unaware of the motion.
Baxter said he feels the council has developed a plan and is working to resolve financial problems.
The rationale of Fortin's motions for impeachment also states Rafiq has yet to present a "functioning budget."
Rafiq said adjustments to the budget were necessary due to incoming bills and changing figures and added he dealt with the financial situation to the best of his knowledge and abilities.
"It was obvious that revisions were needed because of the huge crisis," Rafiq said. "Numbers change.
"As far as my job goes, I felt that whenever I received information that was important to council as a whole, I presented it," he added.
A copy of the budget was e-mailed to SSSC councillors on Dec. 6 and will be presented by Rafiq at tonight's council meeting.
Baxter said he feels confident in his performance as SSSC president.
"If I felt at any time that I wasn't capable of doing this job, I wouldn't be doing this job," he said.
"At the day's end, it's going to be up to council and that's the beauty of how things work," Baxter said. "If two thirds of council agree with it see you later."
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