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RSJ Radio Features 2016

Toronto Debating Society

rtuchow October 31, 2016 13


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Which of the U.S. Presidential candidates is more trustworthy? Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? The Toronto Debating Society argued the issue on October 25 in a comedy debate.

Since 1995 the Society has been meeting every other Tuesday from September to May to debate on any number of issues. Dean Girard, a member who has been with the organization for 19 years, the idea to debate serious matters in a comedic way arose organically as the group grew.

Tonight's speaker Daniéle Thibodeau introduces the members of the debate. Guests are always free to attend.
The nights speaker Daniéle Thibodeau introduces the members of the debate. Guests are always free to attend.

There were four debaters who were in teams of two, and the format for was modeled after the House of Commons. The two sides are identified as the government, who argued that Clinton was more trustworthy, and the opposition. For this debate trustworthy was defined as someone who could be “relied on as honest or truthful.”

David Furlong, a member for 10 years, served as Prime Minister for this debate. Photo Courtesy: torontodebating,com
David Furlong, a member for 10 years, served as Prime Minister for this debate. Photo Courtesy: torontodebating.com

After the debate the adjudicator for the night announced that the opposition won.

 

Ryerson student Ryan Tuchow
Third year Ryerson journalism student Ryan Tuchow.

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