McGill grad students to hold referendum over CFS membership following court decision

November 5, 2014

The Montreal Gazette reports that a recent court decision means that members of McGill University’s Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) will vote on whether or not they will leave the Canadian Federation of Students. According to the Gazette, the court case was launched after PGSS member Ge Sa collected 2,000 signatures on a petition in order to force a referendum. In September, Justice Gérard Dugré ruled that “any delay in holding this referendum clearly causes an irreparable prejudice to the right of the plaintiff to not be affiliated with the CFS.” This latest ruling upholds Justice Dugré’s decision. CFS spokesperson Brent Farrington said that the court’s decision “reinforced what we’ve been saying for years,” and validates the CFS' position that the PGSS did not succeed in disaffiliating in 2010. He also denied that disaffiliating is as difficult as some have suggested. “I wish student unions would stop using the courts and just adhere to the bylaws they agreed to when they joined,” Farrington told the Gazette. Montreal Gazette