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Vanessa Walsh is a recent graduate from Queen's University and is active in conservative politics. Other students opposed to involuntary financial support for their campus PIRG are welcome to contact her for advice at

    Articles by Vanessa Walsh

  • One of the ways the left has dominated political discourse and activism on university campuses for many decades is through PIRGs – Public Interest Research Groups. Founded in 1971 by American progressive pioneer Ralph Nader, the secret of PIRGs’ success was a steady stream of funding from mandatory student fees. But now, tired of seeing their money used for politically correct causes, some Canadian students are organizing successful “NOPIRG” campaigns to end those fees. Queen’s University anti-PIRG activist Vanessa Walsh reports from the front lines.