AMS to leave CASA on April 1, 2010

By a 2/3 vote, Canada’s largest student association has elected to withdraw from the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.

I was, in all honesty, one of the people referred to in the OnCampus article who was kind of indifferent towards CASA, but very anti CFS, mostly because of the troubling tactics that the latter used to force student associations into submission.

I was not happy to receive a threatening, legalese heavy letter from the National Director earlier today. This type of intimidation smacks of other organizations. I hope the relationship between the AMS and CASA doesn’t entirely end here, and I am happy to report that if there is to be some negotiation for future affiliation with a federal lobbying organization, it will first be with CASA.


6 Responses to “AMS to leave CASA on April 1, 2010”

  1. 1 Patrick Meehan
    October 21, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    To be fair, it was pretty ridiculously amateur hour for the AMS to think it had anything approaching the legal ‘right’ to unilaterally leave immediately.

    Given that the rules on how to enter and leave were made by a former president of the AMS, and it’s not like its hard to look up the rules concerning these things.

  2. 2 radicalbeer
    October 21, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    That was never the intention of XPol. We were never under that impression – we had always intended on serving out our last year.

  3. 3 Anon
    October 21, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    What intimidation? What heavy-handed letters? Impartial observers would be interested to see it…

  4. 4 Patrick Meehan
    October 22, 2009 at 1:25 am

    So then why pass it now?

    What purpose does it serve to pass now or pass in March?

    Or is it that people were afraid of a differently aligned government taking over the AMS? Honestly, I don’t know WHY they’d be afraid of that, but even if they are, and even if it happens, they’d just overturn this little ruling anyways.

    I just don’t get why they needed to do it now.

    The one question I had though was, do the BFRT’s about the 2 year clause, are they considered binding policy? If they were meant to be that way, shouldn’t they have been passed separate? I’m trying to remember my rules of order here…

  5. 5 radicalbeer
    October 22, 2009 at 8:41 am

    This was one year (actually, exactly) from the date of the original motion, and it gives us some lead in time to cover things legally. I think Blake wanted this done before the end of his term, so I suppose that, yes, there was some concern on the part of some proponents of the motion that they wouldn’t get things done before they left otherwise, or tried to do it during the Lame Duck Month of February.

    The 1 year clause (2 was a typo) is binding, right up until the point that Council decides that it’s not. Basically it makes any motion to re-affiliate in the next year a 2/3, rather than 1/2 majority. The motion is in order, because of the somewhat bizarre provision that the AMS has for “Combined Policies”.

  6. 6 Patrick Meehan
    October 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Fair enough, though I still think Blake was being more than a little infantile in wanting this done ‘in his term’

    It’s like pulling out of the organization is a giant feather in his cap, when in reality, people should be sad to be leaving CASA insofar as they would have preferred CASA met the needs of UBC students.

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