Sask students’ union removes external affairs position

Confusion over whether VP should resign immediately or complete his term

University of Saskatchewan students voted to eliminate the position of vice-president external affairs at a special general meeting March 3. Blair Shumlich, who currently holds the elected position, had campaigned to have it removed because he believed he didn’t have enough work to do, and that his $30,000 salary could not be justified.

Following the vote there has been confusion over whether Shumlich should resign immediately or complete his term, which ends May 1. “Nowhere in the motion did it allude or did it say that that would take place as of May 1,” University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union president Chris Stoicheff told the Sheaf. However, Shumlich says he intends to stay on until May. “I was elected to a full year term and, while I don’t think that this position was necessary, I have started things and I intend on finishing them,” he said.

Students raised concerns over Shumlich retaining his position at a Thursday student council meeting, but no motion to impeach him was proposed.