Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Conservative dirty tricks--not just in Amerika anymore


By Rebecca Granovsky-Larsen, Editor-in-Chief and Nora Loreto, News Editor

Audio recordings, photographs and documents that were leaked from a recent Conservative Party student workshop at the University of Waterloo expose a partisan attempt to take over student unions and undermine Ontario Public Interest Research Groups (OPIRGs) on campuses across Ontario.

At a session held in early February by the Ontario Progressive Campus Conservative Association (OPCCA) and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, campus Conservatives, party campaigners, and a Member of Parliament discussed strategies to gain funding from student unions for the Conservative Party and ways to run for-and win-positions within student unions.

The leaked materials were posted on over the weekend and add to the growing body of evidence that the Conservative Party has a strategy for interfering in campus student unions. In early 2002, the campus press first learned of a secret Millennium Leadership Fund that the party's campus wing used to fund candidates in student union elections. Now it appears that strategy has evolved into a campaign to falsely obtain student union funding and destabilize student clubs with a social justice mandate.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ah student politics. I am glad to see this, as this is not new and the Right on many campuses, have been able to paint themselves as the "oppressed minority" *yes, gag me with a spoon*. Then in turn do things like, ban PRG groups, Palestinian groups, etc.

The fact that the party is getting more involved is interesting, they are ready to get their youth to do their dirty work and spread the evils of the corporate agenda, yet it was Harper himself that lied to youth and shut-down youth wings once he took over as leader.
From young to old, the lies and corruption in the CPC continues.

But the resistance on campus and across the country will only grow stronger:)