Budget Cuts: How You Can Help
The town halls and consultation led by Provost Anthony C. Masi are aimed at gathering ideas from the community on how to address the imposed cuts. The message from the Provost is that we, together as the McGill community, need to strategize to be responsible, in case nothing changes; but he also invited the community to get involved and speak out against the cuts. We have seen that in the case of research funding, with enough noise, the government will listen.
Many people at McGill have been asking how they can help to fight the cuts. Here are some suggestions for you to make your opinion known:
- Write or phone the Premier of Quebec, the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, and your Member of the National Assembly of Quebec to express your views. A list of contacts can be found here.
- Participate in the online debate through the Government’s social media pages, such as the Facebook page for the Summit on Higher Education and the Ministry’s Twitter feed.
- Debate the issue with your family, circle of friends, or business contacts, and encourage them to contact the Government as well.
- Comment on the issue online in McGill’s student newspapers, the Reporter, here on the Red blog, and in Quebec media.
- If you are a student, talk to the chair of your department, the dean of your faculty and McGill student associations about the actions and positions they are taking.
- Make your views known to the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) and the Table de concertation étudiante du Québec (TaCEQ).
- If you are a staff member and belong to an employee group, make your views known to them, and to any provincial or national associations to which the McGill group is affiliated. Talk to your chair, dean or unit head.