The PM is the first speaker in favour of the resolution who establishes the Government’s line of reasoning that supports the motion and sets the foundation for the Member of the Government’s (MG) arguments.
The LO is the first person to speak against the resolution who should address and attempt to dismiss each of the PM’s points one-by-one while also providing alternative viewpoints and examples to build and support the Opposition’s case.
This Member of the Government [MG] is the second speaker in favour of the proposition and is responsible for countering the LO’s arguments point-by-point, while expanding the PM’s points to support the Government’s position.
This Member of the Opposition [MO] is the second speaker against the proposition and, as the final speaker in the “constructive” portion of the debate, is the last person allowed to put forward new arguments. The MO will counter the arguments of the MG and further develop Opposition arguments.
The Speaker defines the resolution, introduces each debater and the adjudicator(s), ensures that each debater follows the rules and presents awards to the winners.
Arguably, the most important person in our meetings is the Timer. S/he keeps the meeting running efficiently by ensuring that everyone who speaks adheres to time limits. It is a straightforward way to participate in the meetings.
The adjudicator judges the debate based on a set of criteria on the scoring card. During the debate, the adjudicator will listen carefully, record notes, and award point allocation. Immediately following the debate, they leave the room for 10 minutes to determine the winners. The adjudicator presents a three-to-five minute explanation on the judging rationale. It's capped off by announcing the winning team and the 'Best Debater'.
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Resolution: The constitution should have renewable sunset clauses.
Valentine's Day Resolution: Marriage should have a five-year term limit with the option to renew
Resolution: the federal budget should include rebates for working women until pay equity is achieved.
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Improve your public speaking, build your confidence and develop your style by practicing with like-minded peers.
Honing your skills at the podium in a non-partisan forum is a great way to establish your voice.
You don't have to get elected to debate in this House!
DEBATE a wide range of topics with different styles and formats.
EMPOWER members to communicate openly and effectively.
BENEFIT the community through outreach programs.
ACCLAIM speakers of opposing arguments.
TREAT members and guests with respect and consideration.
EXPRESS the majority interests of club members through good governance.
The Ottawa Debating Society uses the same protocols and procedures as our affiliate club, the Toronto Debating Society
This is how your role applies to the debate.
These guidelines show you how long you have to speak.
This is how you present your resolution.
Ottawa Debating Society is the only public debate club in Canada's capital. It is a non-partisan non-profit community organization.
Membership fees: Adults: $65 Students & Seniors: $40
To join the club, please send an e-transfer to: OttawaDebatingSociety@gmail.com
Our affiliate club is the Toronto Debating Society.
Constructive input is appreciated. We're open to debate!
Everyone of voting age is welcome. Guests are free. You must be a member to debate.
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