In advance of the May 9th BC election, TRUFA has been engaged in a variety of initiatives as part of the FPSE sponsored Open the Doors campaign. On March 17th, FPSE President George Davison and FPSE Secretary-Treasurer Terri Van Steinburg were in Victoria to present the over 18,000 education pledges signed by BC voters to the Official Opposition Critic for Education Rob Fleming so that they could officially be presented into the BC legislature. It was a wonderful culmination of the pledge drive events that we have been running here at TRU.
FPSE and their locals, including TRUFA, then began an awareness ‘blitz’ before the election writ was dropped on April 11th, in an effort to ensure that voters understood the crisis in provincial funding for all universities in British Columbia.
Local radio, newspaper and billboard ads engaged voters in Kamloops with the facts about our current funding crisis in the province generally and, more specifically, here in Kamloops. At TRU, our funding model is woefully inadequate and our students often bear the brunt of the shortfalls with increased tuition and student debt, fewer programs and courses and larger class sizes.
To listen to our radio ad click below:
Kamloops this week ad:
Outdoor billboard ad:
Open The Doors (FPSE) Ad:
Our current campaign objective in advance of the election is to encourage the TRU community to vote with post-secondary issues in mind. To that end, we are continuing to highlight the funding shortfalls that the present government’s policies have engendered and explain how these shortfalls hurt students and families.
We encourage all TRUFA members to vote with post-secondary issues in mind. Make sure you know where your candidate stands on university education.
Did you know that you can vote on Campus on May 3rd?
TRUSU is hosting an on-campus polling station on May3rd from 10am -4pm in their building.
For more information please visit our website: http://trufa.ca/bcelection/