2011 Churchill Debate at Hart House
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Reception: 5:30 p.m. Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Debate: 8:00 p.m.
Our annual sponsorship of a formal student debate at Hart House in the University of Toronto is a long-standing component of the Churchillâ€™s Societyâ€™s educational programme. Our aim is to advance the cause of parliamentary democracy by encouraging and facilitating debate about issues of importance and relevance to Canadaâ€™s democracy.
RESOLVED: Support for democracy should be the foundation of Canadian foreign policy.
Since 1924 Hart House Formal Debates have been the premier forum of debate and discussion at the University of Toronto. The Debates are led off by some of the best student debaters in the world and also provide opportunity for all in attendance to express their views. The debates conclude with a prominent guest speaker, often newsmakers, journalists, or academics, providing their perspective on the resolution.
Another reason for the Churchill Societyâ€™s sponsorship stems from the Canadian Parliamentary Debating style used in the debate. There is a Prime Minister and a Minister of the Crown on one side and a Leader of the Opposition and Member of the Opposition the other. There is a Speaker, Sergeant-at-Arms, and a Clerk. Points of Order, Personal Privilege and heckling are allowed.
2011 Guest Speaker: The Honourable Bob Rae
Bob Rae served as Ontario’s 21st Premier and is currently the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Toronto Centre.