Walrus editor Jon Kay and former citizenship and immigration minister Chris Alexander square off in the first event in Toronto of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s series

OTTAWA, April 12, 2016 – Has the terrorist threat been exaggerated?

Jonathan Kay and Chris Alexander will hash out that question as part of the first Great Canadian Debate to take place in Toronto, happening on April 18, 2016 at the Isabel Bader Theatre at the University of Toronto.

If you are a member of the media interested in covering this event, please contact Mark Brownlee at 613-482-8327 x105 or

Many would argue that Canadians have been naïve about the extent of the danger, and we have not done enough to protect ourselves from violent radicals who would destroy our very way of life. They would say we must do more to counter the insidious rise of terrorism around the world.

Others say that security forces have largely contained the threat, and point out that the danger to individual Canadians, or other Westerners for that matter, from terrorism is miniscule, compared to such mundane hazards as traffic accidents and common diseases. They would say that the terrorist attacks that get so much media attention pale in comparison to other challenges the world has faced throughout history.

Kay, the editor-in-chief of Walrus Magazine, will argue in favour of the motion "The terrorist threat has been grossly exaggerated in Canada". Alexander, a former Canadian diplomat and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, will argue against.

  • When: 7 p.m., April 18, 2016
  • Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street W. (University of Toronto), Toronto, ON
  • Who: Jonathan Kay and Chris Alexander

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Jonathan Kay is Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus, a columnist with the National Post, a panelist on CBC's The National, and the author of several books, including "Among The Truthers”.

The Hon. Chris Alexander, P.C is a former Canadian diplomat who served from July 2013 until November 2015 as Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

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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