Results of divisive Concordia student referendum on Israel to remain sealed

December 2, 2014

The results of a Concordia University undergraduate student referendum concerning a boycott of Israel will remain sealed following an overwhelming number of complaints from parties on both sides of the issue. “The problem is further compounded by the magnitude and complexity of the question being voted on, and the potential implications it could have on both Concordia University and abroad,” said André-Marcel Baril, Chief Electoral Officer for the Concordia Student Union. Baril said that he has approached an independent third party for guidance on the matter. This marks the second time in recent months that a student referendum regarding Israel has been left unresolved; in October, a motion to express solidarity for Palestinian human rights was postponed indefinitely. The Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario voted in favour of a boycott in August. Montreal Gazette