2015 General Election

March 3-4, 2015


Referendum Questions

The following issues will go to a referendum in the upcoming election:

  1. SMU students currently subscribe to the Metro Transit U-Pass program, which provides affordable access to Metro Transit bus and ferry services. Do you support the continuation of this annual fee of $150.25 for full-time students to access Metro Transit bus and ferry services valid from September through April? (Requires 50%+1 vote to pass)

  2. SMU students currently do not have access to a Metro Transit U-Pass program that runs throughout the summer semester. Do you support the implementation of a new fee of $75.00 for students enrolled in three-credit-hours over the summer to access Metro Transit bus and ferry services valid from May through August? (Requires two-thirds vote to pass)

  3. SMU students currently help sponsor a refugee each year to move to Canada and earn a degree at Saint Mary’s through an annual fee of $2 (full-time students) or $1 (part-time students). Do you support an increase of 25 cents to help this levy meet the growing costs of the World University Service of Canada program? (Requires two-thirds vote to pass)

  4. SMU students currently do not have adequate access to resources intended to support internationalization and the idea of global citizenship. Do you support the creation of a Global Initiative Fund to finance educational and culturally based events, programming and travel through an annual fee of $2 (full-time students) or $1 (part-time students)? (Requires two-thirds vote to pass)


Election Information

The following candidates will be running in the SMUSA elections March 3 & 4.
Presidential Candidates:
Amali Armony (view bio)
Preston Matthews (view bio)
Ossama Nasrallah (view bio)

Board of Directors Candidates:
Jermaine Addo (view bio)
Homood Alanazi (view bio)
Ben Gaunce (view bio)
Erika MacDonald (view bio)
Mohammed Madokh (view bio)
Kirsten Paula (view bio)
Landry Rakstondrafara (view bio)
Bryan Rice (view bio)

Good luck to all candidates.  Don’t forget to vote March 3 &4! 

For more information contact  Samantha Bland or Mitchell DuTrizac during office hours in the society common space on the 5th floor of the student center.

Samantha Bland – Chief Returning Officer

Office Hours:
Monday/Wednesday: 10:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday: 12:00pm-1:00pm & 2:15pm-3:45pm
Fridays: 10:00am-2:00pm

Email: samantha.bland@hotmail.com

Mitchell DuTrizac – Deputy Returning Officer

Office Hours:
Monday/Wednesday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday/Thursday: 10:00am-1:00pm
Fridays: 11:30am-2:30pm

Email: communications.smusa@smu.ca 


Election Timeline

Jan 26th – Nominations open at 1:00pm
Feb 10th – Nominations close at 5:00pm
Feb 11th – (5:30pm) and 12th (morning) – Training for candidates
Feb 23rd - Campaign starts @ 1:00pm
Date to be determined  – BOD Debate and President Debate
Feb 27th – Meet n’ Greet for SMUSA and candidates
Mar 2nd – Campaign Ends @ 5:00pm
Mar 3rd and 4th (9:00am-5:00pm) – Voting Days
Mar 4th – Winner’s announcement at 7:00pm


More information to come soon!

View our Elections Policy View more info about the World University Service of Canada

2014 SMUSA Election

A Message from the SMUSA Board of Directors

The results are in!


Congratulations to our new SMUSA President James Patriquin!


Presidential election results requiring a majority of 2/3 (66 %)

Yes 86.7%

No 11.3%

Spoiled 2%

Referendum election results requiring a majority of 2/3 (66 %)


Yes 51.4 %

No 47.4 %

Spoiled 1.2 %

WUSC levy

Yes 61.05 %

No 37.5 %

Spoiled 1.45%


  @home Total  
NO to James Patriquin 75 75 NO to James Patriquin
YES to James Patriquin 571 571 YES to James Patriquin
Spoiled 12 12 Spoiled
Total Ballots Cast 658 658 Total Ballots Cast


Referendum Question #1
Enactus Saint Mary’s is a student run organization that aims to better the quality of life and standard of living of the communities and individuals we work with through various projects focused on the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of our society. Would you like to support Enactus Saint Mary’s by donating $2.00 annually?

  @home Total  
No 309 309 No
Yes 335 335 Yes
Spoiled 7 7 Spoiled
Total Ballots Cast 651 651 Total Ballots Cast


Referendum Question #2
SMU students help sponsor a refugee to earn a degree at Saint Mary’s by paying $2 (Full time) or $1 (Part time) per year. Would you support an increase of 25 cents to this levy to meet the rising costs of the program?

  @home Total  
No 243 243 No
Yes 395 395 Yes
Spoiled 9 9 Spoiled
Total Ballots Cast 647 647 Total Ballots Cast

For any questions regarding the referendum, please contact us at evp.SMUSA@smu.ca

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