Looking ahead

Rory Tighe - Mon Aug 22, 2011

These last couple weeks have been busy for us, as we’ve been doing a lot of work with our provincial lobby group, the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS). There is a distinct possibility of a provincial election in the near future, so things are really starting to heat up in Alberta. The University of Alberta Students’ Union is doing everything it can to make the issues students are facing in postsecondary education a concern for all Albertans.

Along with other members of CAUS, the Vice President (External), the Director of Research & Political Affairs and I met this month with Alison Redford, a leadership candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party, and Glenn Taylor, leader of the Alberta Party. Both meetings were very informative and productive. CAUS also spent some time meeting with the Alberta Graduate Council and the Alberta Student Executive Council, which are the other two student lobby groups in Alberta, to discuss our priorities for the year. There was some great discussion and I very much look forward to working together in the future. The three groups also all attended a government orientation session where we had an opportunity to talk with the Deputy Minister and other members of the Advanced Education and Technology Ministry.

The Students’ Union is also planning on running a “Get Out To Vote” campaign headed by our Vice President (External), Farid Iskandar. The most important thing we can do in getting our issues heard is encouraging students to vote and be informed about the issues. If you would like more information on the Get Out To Vote Campaign, or would like to get involved, don’t hesitate to email Farid at

If you have any further questions, suggestions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to follow-up with me, either in person at SUB 2-900, by phone at 780-492-4236, or by email at