“I’m absolutely shocked at the outcome. The implications of this meeting could be felt for a very long time."—Peter Ellis, a political science professor at the U of O.
The platforms show that while each candidate has their own concerns, certain issues traverse faculties.Transparency is a large focus in many of the candidates’ platforms—this comes after concerns were raised about transparency and democracy in the student federation at the first two BOA meetings of the academic year.
It's important to make sure that all communities across the country are well informed on the issues at hand—this means bringing proper discussion beyond big urban centres.
“A lot of ‘get out to vote’ initiatives are aimed at people who already vote,” she said. This, she says, is the wrong group to target.
“There weren’t any other groups focusing on these issues. As a scientist with strong interests in policy and politics this is an area I’m really passionate about, so I decided to start E4D,” she continued.