The Travers Debates
Shaw Centre

Non-Partisan Party
 Verbal Slugfest
The Ottawa Citizen
May 2017

James Travers

The R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship
 was established following the death in 2011
of legendary Canadian journalist Jim Travers,
a former national affairs columnist, newspaper editor
and foreign correspondent.

Organized by friends of Jim's along with
 honorary co-chairs

Bob Rae

The Honourable Peter Kent

the Travers Debates features
an all-star cast of Ottawa notables.

Photo of Lois by Bill Blackstone
Photos by Lois Siegel

Bob Rae
hosted the evening 

He kept the debaters in line as moderator

Rosemary Barton, CBC National Reporter
On Parliament Hill
Power and Politics
was the Debate Master of Ceremonies

And  Kevin Page
prevented any overruns in his role
as official timekeeper
Marie Dumont

Assistant to Kevin

Al MacKay
 Chair of the Organizing Committee


A rousing, fun time was had by all

 First Debate

"Be It Resolved that sock diplomacy
is a valuable tactic in the political playbook" 

Marilyn Gladu, MP and David Cochrane, CBC News
Argued in favour of the motion

Nathan Cullen, MP
and Laura Payton,


Nathan Cullen

Laura Payton

Bob Rae

Second Debate

"Be It Resolved that
Canada is not immune to
Trump-style populism"

Shachi Kurl
Executive Director
Angus Reid Institute

Stephen Maher
Author and Award-Winning Journalist

Patrick Travers



Shachi Kurl

Bob Rae, Stephen Maher

Nathan Cullen, MP

Host Rosemary Barton, CBC



Charlie Crabb, Jean Ong, Bailey Reid

Media Style
Twitter Wall


Hanging Out

Bob Rae
Arlene Perly Rae

Nathan Cullen, MP
Marilyn Gladu, MP

David Cochrane, CBC News
Marilyn Gladu, MP

David Cochrane, CBC News

Stephen Maher
Author and Award-Winning Journalist

Elizabeth May

Peter Kent

                 Stephen Maher, Camille Labchuk, Elizabeth May
Katie Sykes, Debra Eindiguer  



 Phil Gibson


Jim Munson

Julie Maloney, Peter Kent

Ed Greenspon,
Shachi Kurl

Matt Vincelli

Christina Leadlay, John Manley


Charley Gordon

Rodger Cuzner, Bruce Anderson, Arlene Perley Rae, Bob Rae

Chris McCluskey, Sean Webster

Bob Rae, Patrick Travers, Louisa Taylor

The Best Socks

Andrew Lockhart, Canadian Bankers Association
Craig W. Robinson, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Ann McCorquodale, Al's Wife
Leslie-Ann MacKay
Alyson Maher

Leslie-Ann MacKay





Members of the Travers Family

Patrick Travers
Kathleen Monk, Earnscliffe

Silent Auction

Leslie-Ann MacKay

Michael Trottier

Stephen Maher

Front Desk
Tom Braley, Jim Hurd

Door Prize

Al Mackay


Jean-Marc Lagarde

Bob Rea
King of the Hill

Ottawa Rocks

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