Statement by the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations on the Laurentian University Crisis
The Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations (MOFA) calls upon the Ford government to step in and provide the necessary financial assistance to prevent the dismemberment of Laurentian University. The loss of more than 100 faculty positions and 69 programs, including the decimation of the Arts and Humanities faculties is devastating to the university and broader community in northern Ontario. The responsibility for this fiscal crisis lay at the feet of senior management and the Board of Governors (many appointed by the Province) who appointed the senior managers who lead the institution down this path. The entity that survives after these horrific cuts now barely meets the definition of a university and will struggle to meet the unique needs of rural and Francophone communities in Ontario.
The treatment of staff and faculty who have been fired with almost no notice, no severance pay, and greatly reduced pensions is unconscionable and unacceptable. The treatment of the remaining faculty is hardly better, who will struggle to provide their service to the public while facing the potential for additional reductions. We stand with our colleagues in the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and the Laurentian University community, and call on Mr. Ford and the Ontario government to do the right thing, and provide the necessary support to allow the university to engage in a prudent restructuring, not a thoughtless demolition of an institution so valuable especially to Sudbury and northern Ontario.