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Liberal Member of Parliament Chrystia Freeland argues against the motion.

Chrystia Freeland and F.H. Buckley debated income inequality in the first Great Canadian Debate of 2015, held on Tuesday, March 31 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Freeland, a Liberal Member of Parliament, argued against the motion “Canadians should stop worrying about income inequality”. F.H. Buckley, a law professor at the George Mason University, argued in favour.

The event was moderated by Peter Milliken, former speaker of the House of Commons.

For a review of the debate, click here

For photos from the debate, click here

CPAC will be airing the debate at the following times:

  • Friday, April 3, 2015: 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 4, 2015: 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 5, 2015: 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015: 9:30 p.m.

For the video, click here.

The two debaters also authored op-eds for the National Post.

Freeland argued that Canadians shouldn’t stop worrying about income inequality because radically uneven wages usually result in a lack of social mobility.

buckleyBuckley said that Canadians should stop worrying about income inequality because our country is already one of the fairest in the world.

This is the first Great Canadian Debate of 2015.

On April 29, 2015, Ken Coates and Lloyd Axworthy will debate the proposition “Too many Canadian kids are going to university”. Coates, a University of Saskatchewan professor, will argue in favour. Former Winnipeg University President Lloyd Axworthy will argue against.

On May 26, Andrew Coyne and John Pepall will debate the proposition: “Canada’s democracy is in crisis”.

Great Canadian Debate #1: Income inequality