The Travers Debates
The National Arts Centre
Ottawa

Non-Partisan Party
 Verbal Slugfest
The Ottawa Citizen
2014

James Travers
Journalist

Fundraiser
The R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship was established following
the death in 2011
of legendary Canadian journalist Jim Travers,
a former national affairs columnist, newspaper editor and foreign correspondent.

Organized by friends of Jim's along with
 honorary co-chairs


The Honourable John Manley


The Honourable Peter Kent

the Travers Debates features
an all-star cast of Ottawa notables.

  
Photo of Lois by Bill Blackstone
Events
Photos by Lois Siegel

Honorary Co-Chairmen the Hon. Peter Kent and
The Honourable John Manley 
hosted the evening 
 


Rosemary Barton, CBC National Reporter
On Parliament Hill
was the Debate Master of Ceremonies


The Honourable Bob Rae
kept the debaters in line as moderator

And  Kevin Page
prevented any overruns in his role
as official timekeeper.

Fraser MacKay assisted

A rousing, fun time was had by all

 First Debate

"Be It Resolved that Nominees to the
Red Chamber be selected by means of a
TV reality Show, with winners chosen by
the public, voting in real time via Twitter." 


Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader


And CTV's Don Martin
Argued in favour of the motion

Versus


Transport Minister Lisa Raitt


and Global's Tom Clark

Opposed


Elizabeth May

Second Debate

"Be It Resolved that
Canada has lost its way in the world"


Postmedia Columnist Andrew Cohen,
 Author and Carleton University Professor
argued in favour of the motion


MacLean's Senior Columnist Paul Wells
argued the contrary view

Speakers


David McGown
Vice President Government, Regulatory and Public Affairs
CIBC, Toronto


Ben Travers


Mike Blanchfield
R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship

Hanging Out


Bob Rae


John Manley, Don Martin, Peter Kent


Tom Clark, Lisa Raitt


Don Martin, Elizabeth May


Peter Kent, Tom Clark


Paul Wells, Elizabeth May, Don Martin


Tom Clark, Lisa Raitt, Don Martin


Tom Clark, Don Martin


Jim Munson, Joan Travers


Glen McGregor


Annie Bergeron-Oliver


Nathan Cullen


 Brian Sperling, Joan Travers, Phil Gibson
, Ben Travers


Paul Wells


John Manley


Elizabeth May, Lisa Raitt


Andrew Cohen


Bob Rae, Andrew Cohen

Laughter


Elizabeth May


Tom Clark


Don Martin, Elizabeth May

Audience

Silent Auction


What a Gift Duffy Was!  Aislin
Terry Mosher
Political cartoonist for Montreal’s
English-language daily newspaper
The Gazette
Donated by Jim Maclean


Manchester United Ball
Donated by John Manley


Donated by Justin Trudeau


Phil Esposito, Hockey Hall of Fame
Donated by Senator Jim Munson


Aislin


Al MacKay
, Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee

 
Peter Hum


Charley Gordon


Phil Nolan


Dan Waters

A lesson in the art of political debate: Delacourt
Susan Delacourt
The Toronto Star
Ottawa Bureau


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