Kyle Addison goes on John Gormley – to campaign (UPDATED)
And here we were at the Carillon thinking we could take it easy today, during polling.
Incumbent URSU president Kyle Addison, who's running for re-election, appeared on John Gormley's talk radio show this morning. The topic was last week's release of the CFS referendum results, and the description on Gormley's page is as follows:
Months after the student referendum on the future of the U of R Students Union staying in the Canadian Federation of Students, the results are finally released. Despite the fact that there were a large number of students unhappy with the service from the CFS, URSU claims they repeatedly communicated to the CFS their willingness to work with them to repair the relationship but received no response. URSU continues to assert the results being released less than a week before voting for the general elections is a deliberate attempt by CFS to interfere in the democratic process at the University of Regina. Kyle Addison – University of Regina Student Union President joins John.
Where things get a little touchy is around the 12:30 mark. I'm currently working on a partial transcript of the relevant part of the conversation, but right now, the gist of it is that Addison says that his opponent, Kent Peterson, "hates" Vianne Timmons, Rob Norris, Brad Wall, John Gormley, and Addison himself, and says that Peterson actively campaigned for the CFS – and vice-versa.
Section 24 of the URSU electoral bylaws have the following sub-headings:
(5) A person who, either before or during an election, knowingly publishes a false
statement in relation to the personal character or conduct of a candidate for the
purposes of affecting the return of the candidate at an election is guilty of an
(9) A person who on a polling day, other than a day on which an advance polling station
is open, uses or causes to be used a public address system, or other loudspeaker
device for the purpose of promoting or securing the election of a candidate at the
election is guilty of an offence.
So, is a publicly-broadcast AM radio show with a downloadable podcast exempt? Does Addison have proof that Peterson hates people, or that he campaigned for the CFS? If yes and no, respectively, where does Addison stand in relation to URSU's bylaws? Well:
(13)Upon completing an investigation of an alleged or perceived offence or violation of a
provision of this By-Law, the Chief Returning Officer may recommend to the Board
that if the offence or violation is, or has been committed:
(i) by a member who is or was a candidate at an election the member be
disqualified as a candidate, and the member’s privileges in the Students’
Union will be subject to due course as per Article III of the URSU constitution;
(ii) by a member other than a candidate the member’s privileges in the Students’
Union will be subject to du course as per Article III of the URSU constitution;
(iii)by a club, society, or course union recognition and/or funding of the club,
society, or course union be suspended by the Board indefinitely; or
(iv)the matter be referred to the appropriate authorities for civil or criminal prosecution.
Stay tuned for an update with the transcript; in the meantime, you can listen directly to the relevant clip here.
UPDATE: Addison has posted an apology on his URSU blog:
I would like to state the there were statements made about Kent Peterson during the John Gormely interview at noon today that were not factual. I would like to apologize to Kent for this.
Bravo to Kyle for taking ownership of his comments, and for addressing the bylaw violations directly.
UPDATE (2): There's another apology up now, same link; we've reprinted it below.
I would like to apologize to Kent Peterson regarding my comments on John Gormley Live on March 16th. I would like to also retract the following statements:
My statement that Kent was working to “Help the CFS help him win this election” was untrue.
My further statements that Kent “very much dislikes myself, very much dislikes President Timmons of the University of Regina, Minister Norris of Advanced Education, Employment, and Immigration, and publicly dislikes Premier Wall” were also equally untrue to the best of my knowledge.
My intent in this interview was to discuss the results that were recently released in regards to the CFS referendum that took place at the University of Regina, and consciously avoided discussing my re-election.
I seriously intended no harm and wish all the best to all of the candidates in the URSU General Election, including Kent E. Peterson.