Conservatives accused of meddling in York U election - 2009-07-06
In yet another twist of York University's fraught politics, the school's student union is accusing two Conservative politicians — one federal, one provincial — of meddling in the union's electoral process.
According to the York Federation of Students, 50 pages of e-mails obtained through a Freedom of Information request prove that federal MP Peter Kent and provincial MPP Peter Shurman tried to interfere with the group's spring 2009 general elections.
During the controversial election, amid claims of voting irregularities from the losing slate, a more left-wing, pro-Palestinian group of students politicians beat out a more conservative, pro-Israel group. On appeal, the electoral board upheld the vote.