Upcoming Events


Trudeau at the Halfway Mark: Has Our PM Been a Success? - October 10, 2017


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was swept into government on a wave of optimism and a promise of progressive, pluralist politics. Since then, he has promised much – a new way foreign policy, a more inclusive economy, a new chapter in Indigenous reconciliation, as well as a variety of social policy reforms. The question is: has he delivered, or will they – like electoral reform – end up as promises broken? We will be hosting an event taking stock of the Trudeau government’s legacy at the halfway point in its tenure.

Mr. Karim Bardeesy | Former Director of Policy to the Premier of Ontario | Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Mel Cappe, OC | Former Clerk of the Privy Council | Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Dr. Donna Dasko | Former Senior Vice President, Environics Research Group | Lecturer, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
Mr. Tim Harper | National Affairs Columnist, Toronto Star

Omar Khadr's Defence Lawyer: The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear - October 18, 2017


It was the case that captured Canada. Omar Khadr, a Canadian detained by American forces at the age of 15 and incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay for 10 years, plead guilty to war crimes and to the murder of U.S. Army Sergeant Christopher Speer. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian government's interrogation of Khadr at Guantanamo Bay had violated the most basic norms of humane treatment of detainees. After his repatriation to Canada to serve out the remainder of his sentence, the Alberta Court of Appeals refused to block his release. On 7 July 2017, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed a $10.5 million settlment had been reached in the civil suit levelled by Omar Khadr as a result of his treatment.

Few stories have glavanized as much vitriol, partisanship, and division in Canadian politics. On 18 October 2017, the Hart House Debate Society will host Mr. Dennis Edney, the defence lawyer to Omar Khadr.