Legislative Council and its Committees

Legislative Council and its Committees

Overview

The Legislative Council is the legislative arm of the SSMU. Members of the Legislative Council may make motions and vote on resolutions at the Legislative Council, by the Constitution and the Internal Regulations.

The Council is composed of Thirty (30) councilors 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. Elections take place during the Fall semester and their term starts as of June 1st of each year.

Legislative Council

The Legislative Council is a body primarily responsible for the political decision-making body of Society. All decisions are subject to the provisions of the Acts, the Constitution, and the Internal Regulations. In addition, all resolutions passed by the Legislative Council must be ratified by the Board of Directors.

Council Documents 2023-2024

If you have difficulty accessing the documents below, please email the Speaker of Council or the President.

Legislative Council Meeting 2023-09-11

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-09-11
MOTIONS
11a) Motion Regarding a Special By-Election for the role of SSMU Vice-President (Finance) – 2023-09-11 – Approved
11b) Motion Regarding the Adoption of the Standing Rules for the 2023-2024 Legislative Council – 2023-09-11 – Postponed
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report – Steering Committee 2023-09-11
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
OTHER REPORTS
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2023-09-11
MINUTES

Legislative Council Meeting 2023-09-28

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-09-28
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding the Legislative Council Committee Allocations 2023-2024 – 2023-09-28 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Legislative Council Nominations to the Board of Directors 2023-2024 – 2023-09-28 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Adoption of the Standing Rules for the 2023-2024 Legislative Council – 2023-09-11 – Approved
COMMITTEE REPORTS
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report – Executive Committee Summer Report 2023-2024
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report – Arts (AUS) 2023-09-28
Report – Science (SUS) 2023-09-28
OTHER REPORTS
FY23 SPF Annual Presentation 2023-09-28
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2023-09-28
MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-09-28

Legislative Council Meeting 2023-10-12

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-10-12
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding an Interim Provision to the Internal Regulations of Elections & Referenda (IR-02 and IR-05) – Approved
Motion Regarding an Interim Provision to the Internal Regulations of Elections & Referenda (IR-04) – Postponed
Motion to Add a Question to the Fall Semester Referenda Regarding MUSTBUS Fee Increase – Postponed
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Board of Directors Fall 2023
Report-Mental Health Committee 2023-10-12-Ratified
Report-Steering Committee 2023-10-12
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report-President 2023-10-12
Report-VP External Affairs 2023-10-12
Report-VP Operations and Sustainability 2023-10-12
Report-VP Student Life 2023-10-12
Report-VP University Affairs 2023-10-12
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-Dentistry (DSS) 2023-10-12
Report-Engineering (EUS) 2023-10-12
Report-Medicine (MSS) 2023-10-12
OTHER REPORTS
Question from a Constituent
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2023-10-12
MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-10-12

Legislative Council Meeting 2023-10-26

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-10-26
MOTIONS
Motion to Add a Question to the Fall Semester Referenda Regarding MUSTBUS Fee Increase, Pending the Addition of the 2022-2023 Budget – Approved
Motion Regarding the Referendum Question of the Increase of Radio CKUT’s Fee, Pending the Addition of the 2022-2023 Operating Budget – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding the Fall 2023 Budget Revision – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding the Creation of the Student Nutrition Accessibility Club Fee – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding First Year Fee Renewal Question – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding Referendum Question for the Ratification of Society’s Board Of Directors – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding Safety Services Fee Increase Referendum Question – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding the Base Fee Increase Referendum Question – Approved
Motion Regarding the Creation of the Community Solidarity Fund, Fee, and Solidarity Funding Committee – Unanimously Approved
Motion Regarding an Interim Provision to the Internal Regulations of Elections & Referenda (IR-04) – Postponed
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Steering Committee 2023-10-26
Report-Black Affairs Committee 2023-10-26
Report-Affordable Student Housing Committee 2023-10-26
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report-VP Internal Affairs 2023-10-26
Report-President 2023-10-26
Report-VP University Affairs 2023-10-26
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-PTOT (POTUS) 2023-10-26
Report-Management (MUS) 2023-10-26
Report-Law (LSA) 2023-10-26
OTHER REPORTS
Question from a Constituent 2023-10-26
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2023-10-26
MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-For Approval 2023-10-26

Legislative Council Meeting 2023-11-09

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-11-09
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding an Interim Provision to the Internal Regulations of Elections & Referenda (IR-04) – Postponed
Motion on a Statement on Commitment to Empathy, Respect, and Anti-Doxxing on Campus – Approved
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Committee (GSAC) 2023-11-09
Report-Equity Committee 2023-11-09
Report-Steering Committee 2023-11-09
Report-SSPN 2023-11-09
EXECUTIVES REPORTS
Report-VP External Affairs 2023-11-09
Report-VP Operations and Sustainability 2023-11-09
Report-VP Student Life 2023-11-09
Report-VP Internal Affairs 2023-11-09
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-Arts and Science (ASUS) 2023-11-09
Report-Nursing (NUS) 2023-11-09
Report-Senate Caucus 2023-11-09
OTHER REPORTS
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2023-11-09
MINUTES

Legislative Council Meeting 2023-11-23

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-11-23
MOTIONS
Presentation-Elections SSMU 2023-11-23
Motion Regarding Amendments to the Legislative Council Committee Allocations 2023-2024 2023-11-23
Motion Regarding Legal Action Against Tuition Hikes 2023-11-23
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Social Work (SWSA) 2023-11-23
Report-SSAMMOSA Committee 2023-11-09
Report-Steering Committee 2023-11-23
Report-Services Committee 2023-11-23
Report-Indigenous Affairs Committee (IAC) 2023-11-23
Report-Funding Committee 2023-11-23
Report-External Affairs Committee 2023-11-23
Report-Community Engagement Committee 2023-11-23
EXECUTIVES
Report-President 2023-11-23
Report-VP External Affairs 2023-11-23
Report-VP Finance 2023-11-23
Report-VP Internal Affairs 2023-11-23
Report-VP Operations & Sustainability 2023-11-23
Report-VP Student Life 2023-11-23
Report-VP University Affairs 2023-11-23
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-Environment (MESS) 2023-11-23
Report-First Year Council (FYC) 2023-11-23
OTHER REPORTS
Presentation-Recruitment of Board Members at the Legislative Council 2023-11-23
Questions from Constituents 2023-11-23
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2023-11-23
MINUTES
Minutes-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2023-11-09

Legislative Council Meeting 2024-01-18

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2024-01-18
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Action Against Tuition Hikes 2024-01-18 – Unanimously Approved
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Clubs Committee 2024-01-18-Ratified
Report-Clubs Committee 2024-01-18-Ratified
EXECUTIVES
Report-President 2024-01-18
Report-VP Finance 2024-01-18
Report-VP Operations & Sustainability 2024-01-18
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-Social Work (SWSA) 2024-01-18
Report-PTOT (POTUS) 2024-01-18
OTHER REPORTS
Announcement-McGill Moves Event 2024-01-18
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2024-01-18
MINUTES

Legislative Council Meeting 2024-02-01

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2024-02-01
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding First Year Fee Renewal Question 2024-02-01 – Postponed
Motion Regarding Queer Equity Support Fee Increase Referendum Question 2024-02-01 – Approved
Motion Regarding SSMU Walksafe Fee Increase via Referendum Question 2024-02-01 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Black Students’ Network Service Fee Increase Referendum Question 2024-02-01 – Postponed
Motion Regarding the Increase of the Referral Services Fee 2024-02-01- Approved
Motion Regarding the Referendum Question for a SSMU Membership Fee Increase for Salaries and General Operations 2024-02-01 – Approved
Motion Regarding Approval of the Student Nutrition Accessibility Club Funding Application 2024-01-24 – Approved
Standing Rules for the Winter 2024 General Assembly 2023-02-01 – Approved
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Steering Committee 2024-02-01
Report-GSAC 2024-02-01
EXECUTIVES
Report-VP External Affairs 2024-02-01
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-Education (EdUS) 2024-02-01
Report-Education (EdUS) 2024-02-01
Report-First Year Council (FYC) 2024-02-01
OTHER REPORTS
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2024-02-01
MINUTES

Legislative Council Meeting 2024-02-15

AGENDA
Agenda-Legislative Council-Public-Approved 2024-02-15
MOTIONS
Motion Regarding Arab Student Network Fee Increase Referendum Question 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Black Students’ Network Service Fee Increase Referendum Question 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion on the Legal Information Clinic at McGill’s Existence and Fee Increase Referendum Questions 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Increase of the Club Fee 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Renewal and Increase of the Campus Life Fee 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Increase of the Student Academic Support Services Fee 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Creation of the Student Rights Fee and Fund 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Renewal of the Library Improvement Fund Fee 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Nomination of the Auditor for the 2024 Fiscal Year 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding the Renewal of the keep.meSAFE Fee 2024-02-15 – Approved
Motion Regarding First Year Fee Creation Question 2024-02-15 – Approved
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Report-Community Engagement Committee 2024-02-15
Report-Mental Health Committee 2024-02-15
Report-Steering Committee 2024-02-15
EXECUTIVES
Report-VP Finance 2024-02-15
Report-VP Internal Affairs 2024-02-01
COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Report-Medicine (MSS) 2024-02-15
Report-Engineering (EUS) 2024-02-15
Report-Law (LSA) 2024-02-15
Report-Management (MUS) 2024-02-15
OTHER REPORTS
Presentation-Recruitment of Board Members at the Legislative Council 2024-02-15
VOTING RECORD
Legislative Council Record of Votes 2024-02-15
MINUTES

Meeting Dates

Note: The SSMU reserves the right to cancel or call a meeting or event without notice at its discretion. Please check our website/social media for such updates.

All SSMU members are welcome to attend open sessions of Council, which are generally held every second Thursday beginning at 6 pm in person (Lev Bukhman Room on the second floor of the University Centre, 3480 Mc Tavish St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E7). If you would like to attend these online sessions as a member of the gallery, please fill out this form.

For 2023-2024, the dates of Council are:

Fall 2023 (in-person)

Monday, September 11, 2023 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 6:00PM EST

Winter 2024 (in-person)

Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 6:00PM EST
Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 6:00PM EST

 

How you can participate in the debate:

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) as seen above.

If you require assistance to access these sessions, please email speaker@ssmu.ca

Speaker of Council & Parliamentarian

Speaker of Council acts as the chair of the 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 the Council.

The 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 the information about the various committees at SSMU.

Committee Terms of Reference

The committees of the Legislative Council are listed below:

Committee Description Chair
Accessibility Committee The Accessibility Committee confronts historical and ongoing inaccessibility and ableism on campus through active engagement and public education, in a manner consistent with the Society’s relevant policies. Accessibility Commissioner accessibility@ssmu.ca 
Affordable Student Housing Committee The Affordable Student Housing Committee explores avenues for securing and promoting affordable student housing, as well as advising developers regarding students’ priorities in housing, as well as advising developers regarding students’ priorities in housing arrangements, and design. Community Affairs Commissioner
commaffairs@ssmu.ca
Black Affairs Committee The Black Affairs Committee will confronts historical and ongoing inequities at the University through institutional advocacy on governance and policy, and active engagement and public education, in a manner consistent with the Society’s relevant policies. Black Affairs Commissioner blackaffairs@ssmu.ca
Clubs Committee The primary responsibility of the Clubs Committee is to  review and approval of Interim Club Status applications, Full Club Status applications, and Club constitutional amendments in accordance with the Internal Regulations of Student Groups. Club Administrative Coordinator clubadmin@ssmu.ca
Community Engagement Committee The Community Engagement Committee shall be responsible for leveraging SSMU’s links with local community organizations to plan event series and connect McGill students when possible. Community Engagement Commissioner commengagement@ssmu.ca
Environment Committee The Environment Committee serves as a representative body for all environmental groups at the University, whether or not they are directly affiliated with the Society. Sustainability Commissioners sustainability@ssmu.ca
Equity Committee The Equity Committee confronts historical and ongoing inequities at the University through active engagement and public education, in a manner consistent with the Society’s relevant policies. Equity Commissioners
equity@ssmu.ca
Comité des affaires francophones Le Comité des affaires francophones servira de milieu d’échange pour réunir les membres représentants de tous les groupes et associations francophones destinés à la communauté étudiante de premier cycle. Il favorisera une meilleure communication et une collaboration plus étroite entre ces groupes afin d’harmoniser leur travail et d’éviter qu’il y ait redondance. Le comité sera également un défenseur des droits francophones et contribuera à la création d’un sentiment de communauté parmi le corps étudiant francophone. Commissaire aux affaires francophones
caf@ssmu.ca
Funding Committee The Funding Committee shall be responsible for the disbursement of SSMU-collected fees and the SSMU Award of Distinction Fund, updated on a yearly basis. Funding Commissioner  fundcom@ssmu.ca
Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Committee The Gender and Sexuality Advocacy Committee  confronts historical and ongoing inequities at the University through institutional advocacy in governance and policy, and active engagement and public education, in a manner consistent with the Society’s relevant policies. Gender and Sexuality Commissioner
gsc@ssmu.ca
Indigenous Affairs Committee The Indigenous Affairs Committee is  primarily responsible for increasing visibility and advocating for increased representation and services for Indigenous Students. This Committee will create a safe environment for Indigenous students to voice their ideas and concerns about both the Society and the University. Indigenous Affairs Commissioner
iac@ssmu.ca
Library Improvement Fund Committee The Library Improvement Fund Committee is  responsible for the allocation of the Library Improvement Fund. It shall operate and be governed by the Internal Regulations of Representation and Advocacy. Library Improvement Fund Commissioner
lifc@ssmu.ca
Mental Health Committee The Mental Health Committee serves as a representative body for all mental health advocacy, events, and policy that are affiliated with the Society. Mental Health Commissioner(s): mentalhealth@ssmu.ca
Services Committee The Services Committee serves as a consultative body for the improvement of Policies related to the Society’s Services. In addition, the Services Committee shall serve as a forum for the Society’s Services to discuss ongoing projects and collaborate with each other. Services Representative servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Services Review Committee The Services Review Committee reviews every Service once every school year to ensure that they meet the definition and mandatory characteristics of a Service as set out in the Internal Regulations of Student Groups and to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of Students. Vice-President (Student Life) studentlife@ssmu.ca
Steering Committee The Steering Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the operation and management of business at the Legislative Council. Speaker
speaker@ssmu.ca
Students’ Society Programming Network (SSPN) The Students’ Society Programming Network (SSPN) serves as the principal advisory committee for the Vice-President (Internal Affairs) on the organization and execution of all Society events. Vice-President (Internal Affairs)
internal@ssmu.ca

Memberships

Thirty (30) councilors 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. 

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!

Constituency Name Email Address
Arts Councillor Quinn Porter artsrep1@ssmu.ca
Arts Councillor Aishwarya Rajan artsrep2@ssmu.ca
Arts Councillor Keith Andre Baybayon artsrep3@ssmu.ca
Arts Councillor Sophia Weiqi Li artsrep4@ssmu.ca
Arts and Science Councillor  

Natan Sakajiri

artscirep@ssmu.ca
Athletics Councillor Melanie Renaud athleticsrep@ssmu.ca
Campus Outaouais Councillor Peter Tai outaouaisrep@ssmu.ca
Clubs Councillor Jennifer Chemaly clubsrep1@ssmu.ca
Clubs Councillor TBD clubsrep2@ssmu.ca
Dentistry Councillor Yu Chen Yang dentistryrep@ssmu.ca
Education Councillor  Maria Trica-Mavrodin edrep@ssmu.ca
Environment Councillor Anna Fraser envirorep@ssmu.ca
Engineering Councillor Jakob Rylo engrep1@ssmu.ca
Engineering Councillor Shadi Wehbe engrep2@ssmu.ca
First Year Councillor (FYC) Rajan Duncan fycrep@ssmu.ca
Inter-Residence Councillor (IRC) TBD ircrep@ssmu.ca
Law Councillor Jacob Shannon lawrep@ssmu.ca
Management Councillor Zekun Qian managementrep1@ssmu.ca
Management Councillor Allan Nounke managementrep2@ssmu.ca
Medicine Councillor Claire Grall-Johnson medicinerep@ssmu.ca
Music Councillor TBD musicrep@ssmu.ca
Nursing Councillor Claire Mabia nursingrep@ssmu.ca
PT/OT Councillor Naomi Zukerman ptotrep@ssmu.ca
Science Councillor Emily Foxman sciencerep1@ssmu.ca
Science Councillor Sofie Fournier sciencerep2@ssmu.ca
Science Councillor Josh Gertsvolf sciencerep3@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Councillor Naomi Pastrana senatecaucusrep1@ssmu.ca
Senate Caucus Councillor Sophia Garofalo senatecaucusrep2@ssmu.ca
Services Councillor TBD servicesrep@ssmu.ca
Social Work Councillor Bianca Maselli socialworkrep@ssmu.ca
President Alexandre Ashkir president@ssmu.ca
VP (Internal Affairs) Jon Barlas internal@ssmu.ca
VP (Student Life) Nadia Dakdouki studentlife@ssmu.ca
VP (Finance) Amina Kudrati-Plummer finance@ssmu.ca
VP (External Affairs) Liam Gaither external@ssmu.ca
VP (University Affairs) Lalia Katchelewa ua@ssmu.ca
VP (Operations and Sustainability) Hassanatou Koulibaly operations@ssmu.ca

 

Non-Voting Members of Council
Position Name Email Address
Speaker Jonathan Dong speaker@ssmu.ca
Deputy Speaker / Recording Secretary Sierra Fallis deputyspeaker@ssmu.ca
Parliamentarian Lisa Pennel parliamentarian@ssmu.ca
Recording Secretary Sierra Fallis recsec@ssmu.ca
General Manager Maya Marcus-Sells mmarcussells@ssmu.ca