Legislative Council

Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is the legislative arm of the SSMU. Thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the seven (7) SSMU Executives comprise the voting members of Council. The Speaker, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members. According to Article 3 of the SSMU Constitution, Council is the governing body of the Society and “shall be empowered to make all decisions and take all actions on behalf of the Society.

All SSMU members are welcome to attend open sessions of Council, which are generally held every second Thursday beginning at 6pm. In the Fall 2020 semester, all sessions of Council will be conducted via Zoom. If you would like to attend these online sessions as a member of the gallery, please fill out this form.

For 2020-2021, the dates of Council are:

Fall Semester
September 8, 2020 via Zoom
September 24, 2020 via Zoom
October 8, 2020 via Zoom
October 22, 2020 via Zoom
November 5, 2020 via Zoom
November 19, 2020 via Zoom
December 3, 2020 via Zoom

Winter Semester
January 14, 2021 via Zoom
January 28, 2021 via Zoom
February 11, 2021 via Zoom
February 25, 2021 via Zoom
March 11, 2021 via Zoom
March 25, 2021 via Zoom
April 8, 2021 via Zoom

While Council is run according to Code Véronneau, its proceedings should be accessible to all members; don’t hesitate to ask the Speaker, Parliamentarian or a Councillor (including Executives) how you can participate in the debate. Council meetings can last several hours, so if you are interested in a particular issue, it may be wise to check the agenda in advance and/or ask a Councillor to contact you (e.g. by text message) when the item relevant to your issue is coming up. The agenda order can also be amended to accommodate your schedule, so get in touch with a Councillor if this is something you require. You can peruse its agenda and “documents in advance” (reports of Executives and Committees, as well as proposed resolutions and policies) below.

 

Council Documents 2020 – 2021

If for any reason you have any difficulty accessing the documents below, please email the Speaker of Council or the President. You can also follow the Legislative Council on Twitter with the hashtag #SSMULegCouncil!

Council Meeting 2020-12-3

AGENDA
Legislative Council Agenda 2020-12-03 APPROVED

MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2020-12-03

MOTIONS
Motion Regarding the Clarification of an International Political Position 2020-12-03 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Committee Terms of Reference 2020-11-19 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the SSMU Positions Book 2020-12-03 APPROVED
Motion Regarding an Amendment to the Timeline of Elections and Referenda 2020-12-03 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Adoption of the Gendered and Sexual Violence Policy 2020-11-19 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Release of Statements and Official Communications 2020-12-03 APPROVED
Motion to adopt a SSMU 5 Year Plan 2020-11-19 APPROVED

VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2020-12-03

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Building Operations and Management Committee 2020-12-03
Report – Comprehensive Governance Review Committee 2020-12-03
Report – Executive Committee 2020-12-03
Report – Funding Committee 2020-12-03 APPROVED
Report – Funding Committee 2020-12-03 (2)
Report – Steering Committee 2020-12-03
Report – Accountability Committee 2020-12-03

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2020-12-03
Report – Vice President (External) 2020-12-03
Report – Vice-President (Student Life) 2020-12-03
Report – Vice-President (University Affairs) 2020-12-03
Report Vice President (Finance) 2020-12-03

COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report – Arts Representative 2020-12-03
Report – FYC Representative 2020-12-03
Report – Music Representative 2020-12-03

SPECIAL GUESTS
Presentation – Budget Revisions Fall 2020-12-03 APPROVED
Dept Budget Variance Roll up – Oct. 2020 (Revised) – Final
Council Meeting 2021-1-28

Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2021-01-28

YOUTUBE VIDEO
Video 2021-01-28

MOTIONS
Motion Condemning the Quebec Pandemic Response’s Disproportionate Impact on Unhoused Individuals 2021-01-28 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Nominating Committee Terms of Reference 2021-01-14 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Support for Dollarama Warehouse Workers 2021-01-28 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Academic Wellness Proposal 2021-01-28 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Accessibility Policy and Committee 2021-01-14 APPROVED
Notice of Motion Regarding a Policy on Harmful Military Technology 2021-01-28 FOR APPROVAL
Notice of Motion Regarding a Position on Institutions of Public Safety 2021-01-28 FOR APPROVAL
Motion Regarding Amendments to Accountability Committee’s Terms of Reference 2021-01-14 APPROVED

VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2021-01-28

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee 2021-01-28
Report – Steering Committee 2021-01-28

EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – President 2021-01-28
Report – Vice President (External) 2021-01-28
Report – Vice President (Finance) 2021-01-28
Report – Vice President (Student Life) 2021-01-28
Report – Vice-President (University Affairs) 2021-01-28

COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report – Arts Representative 2021-01-28
Report – Engineering Representative 2021-01-28
Report – Science Representative 2021-01-28
Report – Dentistry Representative 2021-01-28
Report – Law Representative 2021-01-28

PRESENTATIONS
Presentation – Finance Commissioner 2021-01-28
Presentation – Organizing for Justice for Dollarama workers
Presentation – SENSE 2021-01-28

SPECIAL GUESTS
Council Meeting 2021-02-11A

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public 2021-02-11 APPROVED

MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2021-02-11

YOUTUBE VIDEO
Livestreaming 2021-02-11

MOTIONS
Motion Regarding a Policy on Harmful Military Technology 2021-01-28 APPROVED
Motion Regarding a Position on Institutions of Public Safety 2021-01-28 APPROVED
Motion Regarding MSA Service Fee Referendum Question 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on a Renewal and Increase of the WUSC Student Refugee Program Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on Discretionary Funding for Queer Mcgill 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on Renewal of the McGill Writing Centre Ancillary Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on Renewal of the Mental Health Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Amendment of the Constitution 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Creation of the Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Fee 2021-02-11 POSTPONED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Increase of the SSMU Membership Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Renewal of the Access McGill Ancillary Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Renewal of the Midnight Kitchen Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Renewal of the Peer Support Centre Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Renewal of the Safety Services Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the Renewal of the University Centre Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding Referendum Question on the the Renewal of the TVM_ Student Television at McGill Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Creation of the Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Committee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Renewal of the Anti-Violence Fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion Regarding the Renewal of the SSMU Access Bursary Fund fee 2021-02-11 APPROVED
Motion to Approve the SSAMMOSA Committee Terms of Reference 2021-02-11 APPPROVED
Notice of Motion to Amend the Internal Regulations of Elections and Referenda 2021-02-11 FOR APPROVAL
Motion Regarding a Position on Institutions of Public Safety 2021-01-28 APPROVED

VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2021-02-11
Council Meeting 2021-04-08

Report – Athletics Representative 2021-04-08

PRESENTATIONS

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Speaker of Council & Parliamentarian

Speaker of Council acts as the chair of Council. They are responsible for the smooth procedural functioning of Council meetings which includes the call to order (which opens the meeting), granting the floor (i.e. giving people permission to speak) and stating motions and putting them to a vote. The Speaker is guided in their tasks by Code Véronneau in addition to the Constitution, Internal Regulations and any relevant resolutions of Council.

Parliamentarian is also responsible for running Council with the Speaker. While the Speaker controls the floor and grants Councillors speaking rights in an appropriate fashion, the Parliamentarian takes care of the organization, projection and amending of motions and reports during Council.

 

Committees of Council

SSMU Committees make recommendations to Council on everything from the allocation of funding to student groups to the approval of new clubs to the adoption of new policies. Each Councillor sits on at least one SSMU Committee. The Committee Terms of Reference contains all of the information about the various committees at SSMU.

 

Representatives

The voting members of SSMU’s Legislative Council comprise thirty councillors elected by specific constituencies, including school and faculty associations and councils representing particular student demographics, and the 6 SSMU Executives. The Speakers, Parliamentarian, General Manager, and Recording Secretary are non-voting members.

Councillors’ primary responsibility is to represent the interests of their constituencies in SSMU governance. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your representatives!

This year’s representatives are:

Constituency Name Email Address
Arts artsrep1@ssmu.ca
Arts artsrep2@ssmu.ca
Arts artsrep3@ssmu.ca
Arts artsrep4@ssmu.ca
Arts and Science artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs clubsrep2@ssmu.ca
Dentistry dentistryrep@ssmu.ca
Education edrep@ssmu.ca
Environment envirorep@ssmu.ca
Engineering engrep1@ssmu.ca
Engineering engrep2@ssmu.ca
First Year Council (FYC) fycrep@ssmu.ca
Inter-Residence Council (IRC) ircrep@ssmu.ca
Law lawrep@ssmu.ca
Management managementrep1@ssmu.ca
Management managementrep2@ssmu.ca
Medicine medicinerep@ssmu.ca
Music musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Science sciencerep1@ssmu.ca
Science sciencerep2@ssmu.ca
Science sciencerep3@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus artssenator1@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus
Services servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Social Work socialworkrep@ssmu.ca
Non-Voting Members of Council
Position Name Email Address
Speaker of Council Lauren Hill speaker@ssmu.ca
Speaker On-Call speaker@ssmu.ca
Parliamentarian parliamentarian@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary recsec@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary recsec@ssmu.ca
General Manager Daniel Dufour gm@ssmu.ca