Author: Erik Preston

UTSU Elections 2017: Jayde Jones and Hamboluhle Moyo

The Strand sat down with the Demand Better slate’s candidates for both Vic Director positions to ask them about how they intend to improve Vic’s relationship with the UTSU, the platforms they’re running on, and why they chose to run.   The Strand: Tell me a little bit about the Demand Better platform?  Jayde: One of the reasons Hambo and I chose to run with Demand Better is because, on top of having a united vision for what the UTSU should look like, we also have our own individual platforms for how we would like to see that new UTSU...

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UTSU Elections 2017: Reboot UofT 

  Branding them as the outsider slate, the Reboot UofT campaign aims to give the UTSU back to UofT students through an aggressive decentralization of power. They hope to bring lasting change to the UTSU, by giving power back to clubs, students, and the broader UofT community. The Strand sat down with Presidential candidate Micah Ryu, and Vic Director candidates Alex Bercik & Anubhav Mathur to discuss the slate’s plan for both UofT and Vic, if elected to run the UTSU. The Strand: To start with you, Micah, what made you want to run for UTSU president?  Micah: I’d been working on this campaign since September, but it was only decided in February that I would run. Originally we were going to build up our campaign, and try to merge with another slate in exchange for our policy concessions but those negotiations fell through. Our ideas are worth fighting for, regardless of stepping in as a third party in a traditionally two-party race, and the implications that come with that—we believe strongly enough in our ideas that we think that it really deserves a chance for students to decide whether to take our route or stick with the teams that have always run. The Strand: What made the two of you want to run for the Victoria College Director position?  Alex: I’ve always had a sort of anger towards...

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Broken Promises

Why electoral reform would be bad for Canada  On February 1st, Democratic Institutions Minister, Karina Gould, announced to Canadians that the Trudeau government would no longer be pursuing electoral reform, a position that was a focal point of their 2015 election campaign. In his first throne speech following the election, Trudeau himself promised that the Liberals would work to ensure that “2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” The Trudeau government has faced a great deal of backlash for repealing this decision, though it can be argued that the world in 2017 is a vastly different place than it was in 2015 (re: Trump). Aside from the ethically dubious nature of the broken campaign promise (politicians, right?!), like many Canadians I am disheartened by the broken promise, though I am not particularly upset by this change in position itself. Canada currently uses a first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system, where politicians are elected based on the percentage of the vote they receive within their respective ridings. The party with the most elected representatives becomes the governing party, with their leader serving as the head-of-government (in our case, Justin Trudeau). The issue with this system lies within the disproportionate ratio of the popular vote gained by the winning party, and the number of seats that that party holds in government. For example, the Liberals currently hold...

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