CASA director's suspension
linked to USC VP?
By Chris Webden
Sources within the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations have indicated that the current
suspension and investigation of national director Liam Arbuckle may also
have consequences for University Students' Council VP-education Josh Morgan,
a potential candidate to replace him.
As of Jan. 31, Arbuckle has been officially suspended from the student
lobbying organization, said Tyler MacLeod, chair of the CASA board of
directors and Atlantic regional representative.
Although MacLeod refused to comment on the reasons behind Arbuckle's suspension,
sources within CASA believe it is connected to the disclosure of confidential
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one CASA source was of the view
that Arbuckle shared information with Morgan concerning potential candidates
in CASA's upcoming election for national director, scheduled to take place
in Manitoba on Mar. 5, in which Morgan is expected to run.
Morgan is Western's CASA representative, and is also the president of
the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the provincial lobbying wing
Though Morgan is currently among the list of potential candidates for
national director, his status could be placed in jeopardy depending on
the outcome of the current CASA investigation into Arbuckle's status,
one voting-member of CASA explained.
Morgan declined to comment on the allegations, but said he had been interviewed
by CASA in their investigation of Arbuckle.
"If [the board] thought I had been given information compromising
to the selection of national director, they would have removed me by now,"
Morgan claimed. "I'm sure that, if I could talk, I'd be able to fully
Evan Mackintosh, president of the McMaster University Student Union, said
Arbuckle's future with CASA is unclear. "I am lead to believe that
[Arbuckle's suspension] has something to do with his employment status,
by the way [CASA] is keeping the details a secret at the board level,"
Mackintosh said, noting Arbuckle could end up returning to his position,
resigning or being fired by CASA.
Erin Stevenson, a spokesperson for CASA, said CASA is currently seeking
legal advice regarding how to continue with the investigation. "[CASA]
has to be very careful of how [it] treads over this situation," she
said, adding a final decision is expected soon.
Arbuckle could not be reached for comment.