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The latest entry in the Great Canadian Debates delves into the Syrian refugee crisis

OTTAWA, April 28, 2016 – Is mass resettlement to Canada the best thing for the country, and the best thing for Syrian refugees?

Elizabeth May and David Frum will debate that question on May 2 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. This is another entry in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Great Canadian Debates series.

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

The hearts of Canadians have been captured by the plight of those fleeing civil war in Syria. Many would argue that it is our humanitarian obligation to throw open our doors, and that past experience has shown such openness can strengthen this country.

Others caution that there are security, cultural and economic concerns for us, and we can do more to help refugees in their own region.

May, the leader of the federal Green Party, will argue in favour of the resolution: "Mass resettlement to Canada is the best thing for the country, and the best thing for Syrian refugees". Frum, a Canadian-born former presidential speechwriter and columnist-at-large for the Atlantic, will argue against.

  • When: 7 p.m., May 2, 2016
  • Where: The Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, ON
  • Who: Elizabeth May and David Frum

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Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada.

David Frum is a former presidential speechwriter and columnist-at-large for the Atlantic.

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.

For more information, please contact Mark Brownlee, communications manager, at 613-482-8327 x105 or email at mark.brownlee@macdonaldlaurier.ca.