Daniel Lawrie

The McGill Daily - - Commentary -

Lawrie is a U1 Ma­te­ri­als En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent with no for­mal ex­pe­ri­ence in stu­dent gov­ern­ment. Lawrie has em­pha­sized that, to pre­pare for the role, he has been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with out­go­ing VP In­ter­nal Omar El-sharawy, as well as VPS In­ter­nal from the past three years.

Lawrie is run­ning his plat­form on the three tenets of “com­mu­ni­ca­tion, or­ga­ni­za­tion, and trust.” Like many of his pre­de­ces­sors, Lawrie has noted that the SSMU list­serv is largely ig­nored by stu­dents, which leads to an un­der-in­formed stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. Lawrie said this led to a turnout of “only” 900 peo­ple at the Win­ter 2016 GA. He pro­poses sup­ple­ment­ing the list­serv with in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­nated via the of­fi­cial Mcgill or My­mart­let apps, which he be­lieves are more ac­ces­si­ble. He also em­pha­sizes the use of mo­bile plat­forms to “un­der­stand what stu­dents ac­tu­ally want to see in our school.”

He would also work to­ward mak­ing the Old Mcgill Year­book fi­nan­cially vi­able, since its an­nual deficit av­er­aged $20,000 by Fall 2015. His sug­ges­tions in­clude such op­tions as mak­ing the year­book dig­i­tal rather than print, as well as in­tro­duc­ing a year­book fee for all stu­dents, an idea SSMU en­ter­tained this year. He would also work to­ward in­creas­ing at­ten­dance at events like 4Floors by re­turn­ing to hard-copy ticket sales and pub­li­ciz­ing the event more vig­or­ously in ad­vance.

Lawrie has ex­pressed that SSMU should not have a po­lit­i­cal stance to avoid “po­lar­iz­ing” the stu­dent body.

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