Kwantlen Student Association election results announced
No matter how much the Kwantlen Student Association changes, it always seems to stay the same. One of the most notably corrupt students’ unions in British Columbia, the KSA has a history of electing students with motives that deviate vastly from the purpose of the organisation or the good of its members. This week, the KSA released the results of its recent election.
Some new, some old
The election for 2016/2017 representatives was subdued compared to some previous years, and there was no group slate of candidates to take the whole set of positions.
While the KSA has wasted students’ money on golf tournaments and $800,000 renovations to its office, these expenses pale in comparison to the historical corruption of the organisation. While students at Kwantlen are right to question this squandering of their money, at least none of the members of their Executive Committee were sent to jail lately (you look it up, we don’t have time).
The Kwantlen Runner reported on a debate in which candidates talked about “major issues.” However, as the report indicates, focus of the debate was kept on space allocation and social issues, without significant discussion of public post-secondary education policy, tuition fees, student debt, or other serious questions for student activists.
Whoever takes over the Kwantlen Student Association, it is unlikely that much will change in the culture of the students’ union until there is significant staff turnover, as employees of the organisation train the board of directors.
KSA elections impact provincial groups
The Kwantlen Student Association has the strange habit of joining as many umbrella student groups as it can. Current, Kwantlen students pay to be members of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, The Canadian Federation of Students, The Canadian Federation of Students-Services, The Alliance of British Columbia Students, and the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia. This needless multiplying of memberships has a real financial cost to students at Kwantlen, with a rapidly diminishing return on investment the more organisations their representatives take part in.
As a side note, minutes of the KSA indicate that, at the end of the Fall 2015 semester, many officers of the Alliance of British Columbia Students had threatened to resign over various issues. Currently, the KSA is one of the only a few participating students’ unions in the ABCS, meaning strife in the organisation can land hard on the shoulders of the KSA representatives responsible for the bigger group.