John Crosbie and Brian Tobin Square Off in the 9th Annual Leacock Debate



    TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - This Wednesday, February 20th, members of the
Leacock Club and assorted VIP guests will attend the 9th Annual Leacock
Debate. The annual event, which takes place at the Great Hall in Hart House,
U of T, is hosted by restaurateur Peter Oliver (Canoe, Auberge du Pommier,
Jump) as a thank you to members of the Leacock Club.
    In its 9th year, the event has earned a reputation as one of Toronto's
hottest tickets of mid-winter. It's expected that this year's tongue-in-cheek
resolution of "Newfoundland will stick with Canada even if Ontario sinks" will
elicit a disproportionate share of East Coast jokes and political pokes
amongst its all star cast of political characters.

    Arguing for the resolution will be:

    
      - The Honourable John Crosbie, Chancellor of Memorial University and
        current Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland
      - Mr. Shane O'Dea, Professor of English & Public Orator, Memorial
        University

    Arguing against the resolution will be:

      - The Honourable Edward Roberts, former Lieutenant Governor of
        Newfoundland
      - The Honourable Brian Tobin, P.C., Senior Business Advisor,
        Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

    The event is presented for Leacock Club members and is closed to the
press. However, members of the media are invited to interview the 2008
Debaters at the pre-Debate cocktail reception in the anteroom of the
Great Hall at Hart House, between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm sharp.

    About the Leacock Club
    ----------------------

    The Leacock Club was established in 1992, in order to give generous
Torontonians a way to contribute to civil society. The two main objectives of
the Leacock Club are to celebrate wit and humour, and to raise funds for its
associated charitable public foundation- the Stephen Leacock Foundation for
Children.

    About the Leacock Debate
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    Previous Leacock Debate Topics and Debaters have included:

    In 2000: "Should We Be Sorry That Bob Rae is No Longer Premier of
Ontario?" proposed by the Honourable Bob Rae and opposed by Julian Porter,
Q.C..

    In 2001: "There is No Calling Lower Than Journalism" proposed by Joey
Slinger and Pamela Wallin, and opposed by the Honourable Hugh Segal and The
Honourable Barbara McDougall.

    In 2002: "All Good Things Come to an End" proposed by Jack Giles, Q.C. and
the Honourable Kim Campbell, Q.C., and opposed by William McDowell and Justice
Ian Binnie.

    In 2003: "A Woman's Proper Place is in The Kitchen" proposed by Anne
Golden and Barbara Kay, and opposed by Justice Warren Winkler and David Scott,
Q.C..

    In 2004: "That Cricket, and All That That Entails, is Vastly Superior to
Baseball" proposed by Master John Fraser and Vern Krishna, Q.C. and opposed by
Mark Kingwell and Alison Gordon.

    In 2005: "Be It Resolved: That Toronto is the Centre of the Universe"
proposed by Alistair J. Bonnington and Calvin Trillin, and opposed by
David Macfarlane and Julian Porter, Q.C..

    In 2006: "The Press Can't Get It Right" proposed by Edward Greenspan, Q.C.
and Mr. Brian Greenspan, and opposed by Mr. Giles Gherson and Mr. Edward
Greenspon.

    In 2007: "The law is an ass" proposed by Linda Rothstein and Charles
Scott, and opposed by Michael Valpy and Ian Brown.
    




For further information:

For further information: Melanie Lovering, Executive Director, (416)
489-9309, Mobile: (416) 570-4890, leacock@sympatico.ca

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