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Ethnicity has no place at USC polls

Re: "Who will be crowned king of the USC castle?" Feb. 5

To the Editor:

While reading the continuing coverage of [the University Students' Council] elections, I have been surprised that The Gazette has repeatedly ignored one issue in their attempt to discredit presidential candidates. It struck me that, not one, but two candidates this year are making their ethnic background [an election issue]. This is the first election of any kind where I have heard candidates openly campaigning on the slogan: "Vote for me – I am a minority." At the risk of sounding incredibly politically incorrect, one's ethnic background has no relevance to an election.

Certainly they spout other conventional promises such as getting students involved, representing the interests of the students, O-Week, etc., but ethnicity should never be a factor when casting one's ballot. Favouring one person over another based on ethnic differences is, after all, the definition of racial prejudice.

Christopher Smeenk
Religious Studies II

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