OTTAWA – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) is pleased to announce that the Hon. Peter Milliken, former Speaker of the House of Commons, will be moderator for the entire 2013-14 edition of MLI's Great Canadian Debates series.

"We are thrilled that Peter Milliken has agreed to take on this important role," says Brian Lee Crowley, MLI managing director. "As the former Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr. Milliken represents the pinnacle of impartiality and brings impressive political star power to the debate series."

Mr. Milliken is a special adviser at the law firm Cunningham Swan in Kingston. He was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston-and-the-Islands in 1988 and went on to be the longest-serving MP in Kingston's history. In 2001, MPs elected Mr. Milliken their Speaker and in 2009 he became the longest-serving Speaker in Canadian history. Mr. Milliken retired from politics in 2011 and in 2012 he was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council.

The Great Canadian Debates address important current and historical Canadian public policy issues.

The 2013-14 GCD schedule:

October 24, 2013 – Resolved: President Obama Should Welcome Canada's Ethical Oil. Professor Ted Morton vs. Author and Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk

November 26, 2013 – Resolved: The Right to Strike Has No Place in the Public Sector. Author Tom Flanagan vs. Economist Jim Stanford

February 27, 2014 – Resolved: Muslim Immigration is No Threat to Canada or the West. Professor Salim Mansur vs. Journalist and Author Doug Saunders

March 27, 2014 – Resolved: Free Speech in Canadian Universities is Rapidly Becoming an Endangered Species. Professor and Author Barbara Kay vs. Professor Daniel Drache

To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/events/the-great-canadian-debates/

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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