The Great Canadian Debates Series 2013-2014
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to announce The Great Canadian Debates, a series of four provocative debates exploring some of the most compelling issues to Canadians. Each debate will be presented at the Canadian War Museum and will feature well-known personalities and guest moderator the Hon. Peter Milliken. Audience members are invited to get involved by posing questions during a Q&A session and voting for the winning argument. There are two debates remaining this season:
Resolved: MUSLIM IMMIGRATION IS NO THREAT TO CANADA OR THE WEST
Thursday, February 27 2014 at 7:00 PM
This resolution is a much contested statement with high passions for those who believe, and those who don’t, that Muslim immigration is a demographic and political threat to Western culture. Those who see a threat from Islam look to violent incidents in France, the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands. Others argue that immigration levels of Muslims don’t warrant much concern. Arguing against the resolution is Professor Salim Mansur. Douglas Saunders, author of the book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Immigration, Islam and the West, will argue for the resolution.
Resolved: FREE SPEECH IN CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Universities are supposed to be places where ideas, regardless of how radical or controversial, are freely debated without fear of censorship or intimidation. And tenure is a way to protect radical and dangerous ideas. Is that perception of our universities an illusion? Has political correctness endangered free speech on Canadian campuses? That issue will be debated by Professor Daniel Drache of York University who will argue against the resolution while National Post columnist Barbara Kay will argue in favour.
Note: The debates will be in English and simultaneous translation in French will be available courtesy of the Canadian War Museum.
Tickets are now available for the fourth debate,
- General admission tickets are $20 each
– Students and seniors may purchase tickets at a special rate of $15 each, but must provide ID upon entry.
– Members of the Canadian War Museum may also purchase tickets at $15 each and will be asked to present their membership card at the door
- *Note: It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited and we cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the door.
Presented at the Canadian War Museum in the Barney Danson Theatre, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa ON K1A 0M8.
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