This week the 2012/13 Council of Alberta University Students met to elect a new chair and vice-chair as well as set their priorities for the year. Raphael Jacob, a fourth year Political Science student who is also the Vice President External at the University of Calgary Students’ Union will serve as chair, joined by Petros Kusmu, the Vice President External at the University of Alberta.
Together along with the presidents and vice presidents from Students’ Unions from the U of A, U of C, and U of L will be working hard on the five identified priorities:
- Stopping future tuition market modifiers
- Regulating mandatory non-instructional fees
- Making changes to the Elections Act for post-secondary students
- Creating a new rural bursary that will improve the PSE participation rate
- Eliminating municipal property taxes on residences for deferred maintenance funding
Stephen Khan, the new MLA for St. Albert has been appointed the new Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education by Premier Redford. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Minister Khan is one of several new MLAs in the Legislature and comes from a successful background of entrepreneurship and volunteerism.
CAUS is excited to work with Minister Khan on improving our post-secondary system in Alberta and implementing the commitments the Progressive Conservatives made in the election, including eliminating parental contributions as a part of student aid calculations and implementing a new $18 million bursary for rural Alberta students.
We also wanted to thank Greg Weadick for his time as Minister of Advanced Education and Technology.
Stephen Carter is the mind behind the election victories of Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and he is holding ten talks around Alberta about politics and the changing field of community engagement. Each of these talks will explore a topic as well as sharing insider stories and theories on elections. He is kicking off this speaking tour talking about data and its use in winning elections at NAIT on May 12.
10:45am, Saturday May 12
Shaw Theatre, NAIT
11762 – 106 Street NW, Edmonton
Stephen will talk about collecting data through such means of polling and focus groups, then taking the data of that describe who you are, where you live, what you want and the delivering a political message directly to you. This is the new ground game in campaigns and where political and advocacy groups are going to need to compete within in order to be heard. His presentation is being hosted by the Alberta Graduate Council, the Alberta Students’ Executive Council, and the Council of Alberta University Students.