In a recent Ottawa Jewish Bulletin column, Rabbi Steven Garten quoted Winston Churchill, “Democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” Having recently learned more about politics on a university campus than I care to, I am inclined to agree.
Watching the live feed from a student government meeting at the University of Ottawa, where 10 minutes was spent debating whether or not to expand the discussion by five minutes and then voting not to do so, did not feel like the best use of anyone’s time. Far more serious is the fact that a small group of student leaders are able to hold repeated votes on the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in the hope of achieving a different result. At the third defeat this year, on March 25, this group of self-interested student government officials pledged to try again before the school year concludes. This is reprehensible. [Read more…]