What have you done this summer?
[In April,] the Fédération Etudiante Universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) had just collapsed. [All the] student federations [met] at the One Table [meeting where] they split into two groups: [...The] Union des Etudiants à Québec (UEQ), and Association for the Voice of Education in Québec (AVEQ). Basically, I’ve been going to congresses [for both groups] all summer. [At the congresses, we decided] things like the voting method, the structures, what are the portfolios [and] what are the committees.
I was [also] involved a lot with Frosh and trying to minimize any sort of disturbances. I delivered a letter to every house in the Milton-Parc area with my number, [and] we worked with street teams again.
What are some upcoming projects
you’ve been working on?
Anti-Austerity Week [is] a huge component of my portfolio. Working with [the Concordia Student Union], we’re doing a joint information campaign and also [keeping] in touch with the other student groups in Quebec. Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) is doing the One Movement, Ten Billion Solutions campaign, which a lot of folks are taking on, and we’re hoping to incorporate some of that in our narrative.
We [also] launched a website called McGillvotes.com. We’re going to be doing a vote mob, which is like a flash mob meets youth engagement, [on] Sept. 29. [On Sept.] 30, we’re having a federal election debate with CKUT. [We’re] doing a second debate with CKUT on Oct. 13 regarding inter-sectional perspectives on democracy. We’re also promoting voting on campus, so from Oct. 5 to 8, there’s going to be voting on campus.
What challenges do you foresee?
I think that austerity is not always a colloquial language, and it’s sometimes a difficult concept. It’s really really important that our students know what that means and why people are campaigning, and how it has affected Montreal, McGill, and Quebec [....] I hope to see a lot of solidarity in between students and workers; I think that’s a hugely important goal.