History Wars at the ROM
The gloves are off! The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) launches History Wars at the ROM, a series of four provocative debates exploring some of the most compelling subjects in Canadian history. Well-known personalities duke it out on topics ranging from multiculturalism to Pierre Trudeau. The first debate entitled The Monarchy is a Dangerous Relic of the Past is on Thursday, January 20, 2011. This new series takes place in the ROM’s Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery on Level 1. Admission for the general public is $25; ROM Members $20; (Public: $75; ROM Members: $60 for all 4 debates.) Full debate details are listed below. For more information and tickets call 416.586.5797 or visit the What’s On Calendar at www.rom.on.ca.
The Monarchy is a Dangerous Relic of the Past
Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm
Has the idea of "The Crown" run its course in Canada?
Historian and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Michael Bliss, speaking for the motion argues John Fraser, prize-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with the Globe and Mail, who is speaking against the motion. Moderator: J.L. Granatstein, Historian of Canadian politics, foreign policy and defense.
Multiculturalism has put Canada on the Wrong Course
Tuesday, February 22, 6:30-8:00 pm
Few issues are as controversial in Canada today as Multiculturalism. But, in an age of terrorism, reconcilable differences, and rising immigration, what does it portend for Canada’s future? Speaking for the motion will be J.L. Granatstein, a historian of Canadian politics, foreign policy and defense. Speaking against the motion will be Haroon Siddiqui, columnist and member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Moderator: Michael Bliss, Historian and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.
Pierre Trudeau was a Disaster for Canada
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm
He was handsome, smart, loved beautiful women, and almost always won. But was Pierre Elliott Trudeau a good Prime Minister?
David Frum, one of North American's most prominent conservative journalists and commentators speaks for the motion against John English, author of the highly acclaimed two-volume official biography of Trudeau, who argues against the motion. Moderator: J.L. Granatstein, Historian of Canadian politics, foreign policy and defense.
Louis Riel Deserved to Hang
Thursday, May 5, 2011, 6:30-8:00 pm
The government sent Louis Riel to trial and, when he was found guilty, refused to exercise the prerogative of mercy—right or wrong?
Tom Flanagan, who has taught political theory at the University of Calgary since 1968, argues for the motion against Pat Martin, the NDP MP since 1997 for Winnipeg Centre and author of a private member’s bill that calls for Riel’s conviction to be reversed and for the Metis leader’s recognition as a father of Confederation. Moderator: J.L. Granatstein, Historian of Canadian politics, foreign policy and defense.