Her name was Margaret
and she was a bovine campaign tactic in the
Alma Mater Society’s
presidential election of 1979.
Chamkaur Cheema, BA ’80, trucked Margaret
to the university from a neighbour’s farm
on the Saanich Peninsula. They worked the campus,
a candidate and his cow, for three or four hours.
“Lots of people just sort of rolled their
eyes. But others got a good laugh out of it,” recalls
Cheema, a business instructor at Kwantlen University
College in Vancouver.
“I took her past the cafeteria at the
University Centre. She was looking in the window
with her big brown eyes. There was a woman inside
who was just about to bite into a burger when
she noticed the cow. She stopped and put down
the burger and had this look on her face like, ‘Oh
no, I’m eating one of your relatives.’”
Cheema would finish a
close third in the AMS voting. He’s been
involved in provincial politics over the years,
but he never again ran in an election. And
Margaret, duties fulfilled, returned happily
to her peninsula farm after a brief but shining
moment in campus politics.
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