QPIRG & online voting referendum

[This message aims to be as neutral and informative as possible on the topics of QPIRG and online voting. 

1.QPIRG Referendum

Given the ongoing referendum regarding QPIRG as a campus group, please take the time make an educated vote. You can vote at http://ovs.ssmu.mcgill.ca/ from April 10-16.

What is QPIRG?

  • The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill, which helps students connect with local social and environmental groups in Montreal.
  • As defined on the QPIRG “About us” page:
    • The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill is a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, education, and action on environmental and social justice issues at McGill University and in the Montreal community. With such a broad mandate, QPIRG brings together a wide range of activists interested in many different issues.
    • To find out more about QPIRG, go to http://qpirgmcgill.org/ or for the “about us” page go to http://qpirgmcgill.org/about-us/

What is the referendum question?

“Do you support QPIRG continuing as a recognized student activity supported by a fee of $3.75 per term for undergraduate students, which is opt-outable, with the understanding that a “no” vote will result in the termination of all undergraduate fee-levy funding to QPIRG?

This referendum question asks students to support the continuing existence of QPIRG with a $3.75 fee. This fee will remain opt-outable on Minerva. This referendum is a vote on the existence of QPIRG, and will not affect the method of collecting fees.

2. Online Voting (SSMU) referendum 

Whereas, the General Assembly is currently not a body representative  

of the majority of students’ opinions.

Whereas, as little as 100 students can vote on a resolution that would  

affect more than 25,000 students.

Whereas, a fall semester survey conducted by the SSMU showed that  

88.8% of students who participated in the survey want the General  

Assembly?s final vote to be conducted online.

Whereas, an online-voting system would allow students to participate  

in the democratic process which would produce a decision more  

representative of the Society.

Whereas, it is recognized that an in-person discussion is still very  

beneficial for determining the merits of a proposed General Assembly  


Whereas, a voting system that is solely online would discourage  

students from attending the General Assembly and debating the merits  

of a proposed General Assembly resolution.

Do you agree to amend Article 29 of the SSMU Constitution to include  

the following:

29.8 All resolutions passed at the General Assembly must be submitted  

to an online vote for ratification overseen by the Chief Electoral  


29.9 Quorum for all General Assembly ratifications shall be ten  

percent (10%) of the membership of the Society.