In Episode 1 of McGill Matters, Zac Carson, David Watson, and Albert Park discuss the referendum question on the motion regarding amendments to SSMU’s Constitution. McGill students will be voting on minor corrections to the SSMU constitution, as well as the fate of the much more controversial articles, 13.2 and 13.3. These articles would allow an unelected Steering Committee, made up of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) President, the Vice President of University Affairs, and six other council members, to block any motion of deemed “divisive” and “external” to SSMU’s mandate from being discussed at the General Assembly (GA). This referendum question comes in the wake of the contentious Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions (BDS) motion that was brought to the Winter GA, and which resulted in disagreements among those in favour and against the motion.
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