Dal student criticizes “anti-Canadian” decision for union to not celebrate Canada 150

November 1, 2017

A student at Dalhousie University says that her student union’s decision not to participate in Canada 150 celebrations is “anti-Canadian” and that fear of being labelled racist prevented many students from speaking out against the decision. Mehak Saini said this week that she is speaking up for those who were silenced during the debate over the motion. “As an immigrant, I celebrate this country and its values and the freedom of speech,” said Saini, who immigrated to Brampton, Ontario from northern India when she was nine years old. “I'm proud of this country.” Saini’s comments come partly in response to student council executive Masuma Khan, who recently had disciplinary action against her dropped by Dal. Saini has also called on the Dal Student Union to hold a new election for Khan’s position on its executive council. CBC