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UNB Faculty and Staff, past and present:

April 26, 2009

The following letter, signed by one hundred members of the UNB community, current and retired, from both campuses and a range of faculties and departments, was sent on Friday April 24/09.

If you are interested in adding your signature, send a message with the following information:

SURNAME, First name. Job title, Department/Faculty &c., campus.

Text of letter:

An Open Letter to Mr David Stevenson, Chair, Board of Governors, The University of New Brunswick
From the undersigned current and retired Faculty and Staff at the University of New Brunswick

24 April 2009

Dear Mr Stevenson,

As current and retired faculty and staff members at the University of New Brunswick, we wish to disassociate ourselves from the decision of the University’s Board of Governors to award an honorary doctorate to Premier Shawn Graham at this spring’s Convocation.

It would be impossible — and irresponsible — to forget that Mr. Graham’s government sponsored the $1.2 million L’Écuyer-Miner report that threatened three university campuses in New Brunswick. Only public outcry forced Mr. Graham to keep the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton intact.

Mr. Graham’s actions in this respect cannot be regarded as having made an outstanding contribution to our communities, nor do they show regard for higher education in the province. For these reasons, we believe that Mr. Graham does not merit an honorary doctorate from UNB or any other university.

Sincerely,

[100 signatures]

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