The ACF Vote in Retrospect

May 26, 2009 at 11:44 am 3 comments

The ACF vote has come and gone, and we won. It was a great moment, one that two successive caucuses of the AUS had been working towards, and it was exciting be be a part of it. The final tallies are out now, and we can see who voted for and against the motion, and why.

AYE: 23

Blake Frederick – President
Johannes Rebane – VP Academic
Crystal Hon – VP Administration
Timothy Chu – VP External
Will Davis – Arts
Guillaume Houle – Arts
Matthew Naylor – Arts
Carolee Changfoot – Arts
Kyle Warwick – Arts
Mike Silley – Arts
Jeremy McElroy – Arts
Elena Kusaka – Arts

Bijan Ahmadian – BoG
Laura Silvester – Commerce
Ekaterina Dovjenko – Commerce
Tony Yang – Grads
Heather Kharouba (proxy for Hannes Dempewolf) – Grads
Aaron Sihota – Science
Jimmy Yan – Science
Jeremy Wood (proxy for Maria Cirstea) – Science
Tahara Bhate – Science
Iggy Rodriguez (proxy for Justin Yang) – Science
Geoff Costeloe – Senate

NAY: 7

Tom Dvorak – VP Finance
Lin Watt – Engineering
Andrew Carne – Engineering
Madeline Schaefer – Engineering
Helen Kim (proxy for Fraser Young)
Sam Law
Joel Mertens – Senate

What I find interesting is how clearly this broke down along caucus lines, with the only two having any type of split being the Executive (more on this later), and the Student Senate Caucus, which you could reasonably consider to not be a split, because each of the two reps voted with their constituencies. I found incredibly frustrating the two of the Nay vote, those of Tom Dvorak and Andrew Carne, both of whom had signed the ACF Pledge during the election, and subsequently reneged on this promise. I can understand somewhat in the case of Andrew, as he didn’t actually win the election that he signed the pledge for, and while I take it under advisement that the tactics used might not have been the gentlest, this was not a time for gentle tactics – the AUS was in ruins – and we didn’t have the luxury of being able to, as was so eloquently put during the meeting “eat it”.

Tom is a bit of a different story, as he actually won. He didn’t have to sign the Pledge, and, looking at campaign exposure, he probably could have won anyway. It makes me incredibly angry that when someone makes a commitment in exchange for something, they could have the gall to later renege. However, as rageful as this can make me, the motion passed, and the Nay votes of people we had been counting on ended up being meaningless. There remains important work to be done, and we need to keep on working towards meaningful progress towards these goals. My (and not presuming to speak for some of the rest of the Arts Caucus) protest vote against the prelimary budget was done out of displeasure, but also while knowing that there was no chance that the small amount of dissent was going to jeopardize passage.

The one remaining thing that I want to clear up was about the Agenda time motion. There is some backstory behind this which ends up being fairly unimportant in the long run, but suffice it to say it was not designed to be an attack on Blake. The wording came more from slogging through a weekend of policy resolutions, and using language in similar terms. I want to be clear that I actually think that Blake, of the Presidents that I’ve had the oppertunity to work with at the AMS, has done by far the best job, barring a small hiccup or two, of reaching out to Council and engaging them. Whether or not he will be able to match up with the best President, Mr. Duncan, remains to be seen, but he certainly has potential.

That being said, every government, however well intentioned and competent, needs an opposition – BC from 2001-2005 taught us that – and so I’m going to keep holding the Executive’s feet to the fire. The AMS’s Loyal Opposition, as it were. And I’ll keep pressing to make this a productive year, with a revitalized AUS and a student centred campus and student society. I won’t personally be at the meeting tomorrow, as I am still in Calgary recovering from jaw surgery, but I look forward to my Caucusmates recallings.

Many Regards,



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rory Green  |  May 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    It’s nice to see that no one abstained, unlike last time (thought I was also surprised by some ‘yay’ and ‘nay’ votes also). That says to me that councilors took the time to think about the issue and came to their own conclusions based on what they felt was best for UBC students.

    Also, I’m interested to know what exciting things the AUS will do next year now that this debt has been lifted. I am hopeful that the AUS can make itself relevant to and engage with arts under students this year.

  • 2. Rory Green  |  May 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I said also twice in one sentence, proof reading fail.

  • […] I find this perplexing, as Vice President Dvorak himself campaigned on environmental sustainability, on implementing the Green Shift for the AMS. His plans were sensible, and they should be implemented. The fact that even revenue neutral measures are not being implemented is boggling. I would hope that VP Dvorak follows through with his campaign pledges… […]


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