Nader's answer was not political pressure but a combination of legal changes, education and consumer awareness. Under his influence students at Waterloo began O-PIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group)which circulated petitions for student support and a minimal fee to promote awareness and research into activist issues.
Students were concerned with far more than just the ownership of the Campus Centre, however. The war in Vietnam, American cultural and economic imperialism, the quality and content of education and the FLQ crisis were big issues on campus. Many students felt that the curriculum was inapplicable to the real world, that it did not reflect a Canadian viewpoint, or that university discourse was being increasingly infringed upon by the interests of big business and corporations.