Seen in the photo below from L to R are Andrew Fergusson, Marion Pollock, Natalie Bocking, Tim Chu and Blake Frederick. The photo was taken at a social event at the BC NDP Convention that took place from Friday Nov 27 to Sunday Nov 29.
While we cannot confirm the exact time and date this photo was taken place, we have reasonable grounds (based on other photos) to believe it was the evening Nov 28th, the date of their impeachment hearing.
Andrew Fergusson and Natalie Bocking are two student politicians over at SFU. Fergusson is currently acting as Simon Fraser Student Society Internal Relations Officer, and Bocking acted last year as SFSS External Relations Officer. Bocking is known around SFU for being a fervent supporter of the Canadian Federation of Students–an unpopular position on that campus (the SFSS has been in the courts for two years now, trying to leave the organization). The AMS has traditionally and continues to be opposed to membership with CFS.
Marion Pollock was impeached by a general meeting of students from her post as a board member of the SFSS. She, alongside six other board members, were fired for dismissing a popular employee of the SFSS. She then joined in a joint lawsuit with other impeached executives to have the impeachment overturned. They lost.
Traditionally, the AMS encourages it’s executives to attend these conventions–but in their AMS capacities as nonpartisan observers. They serve as an excellent access point to government officials. We have received no indication that Blake and Tim attended this meeting in their AMS capacities, but instead attended personally.
Last, here’s an old piece on lobbying by Insiders alumnus, Tim L.-G.. Many of you have expressed interest in becoming more engaged as well this upcoming year. Student Council elections are run by your faculty’s constituency (e.g. AUS, SUS) after the AMS executive elections. Your constituency’s rules decide how your AMS representatives are chosen (mostly elected at-large in larger faculties, in smaller faculties typically an executive, such as President).