2012 Hart House Debate

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Reception: 5:00 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m. Debate: 7:30 p.m.

Both dinner and debate will convene in the Great Hall

Dinner & Debate Package: $65

Ticket price includes pre-dinner reception with complimentary wine, full course chicken dinner, reserved front row seating at the debate, and post-debate sherry and port reception with the debaters.

Our annual sponsorship of a formal student debate at Hart House in the University of Toronto is a long-standing component of the Churchill’s Society’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 Canada’s democracy.

RESOLVED: Canada should sever its ties to the British Crown.

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 Society’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.

2012 Guest Speaker: John Fraser

John Fraser is a prominent Canadian reporter and scholar, and is the formal editor of The Globe and Mail and chief editor of Saturday Night.

Mr. Fraser now teaches history of reporting as the Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto.