Debate Society member leads federal candidates debate
As candidates from the ridings of Newmarket-Aurora and Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill gathered at St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Club Monday, one St. Andrew’s College student played a major role in the Aurora Chamber of Commerce All Candidates Federal Debate.
Daniel Svirsky was a confident moderator thanks to his three years as a member of the Debate and Public Speaking Society, two of which he has served as head. “The morning was nerve-wracking and exciting,” said Daniel of his first foray into political moderation. “I was delighted with the experience and I hope to do it again.”
Daniel was expected to keep order and lead the candidates through a series of questions regarding public transit, small business taxes, health and pharma care, skilled workforce, and housing. He was also charged with ensuring all 10 incumbents – Conservative, Liberal, Green, New Democrat, Libertarian, and the People’s Party of Canada – stayed within their allocated time limits.
“It was a complex moderation,” said Dr. Michael Paluch, who chairs the society. Participating in an electoral debate provides the students with a different context of debate as the issues and sides are real rather than posed in theory. “I was happy to see young people engaging in the process of democracy,” he added.
Bryce Neil, Michael Chen, and Paul Zhao also attended the breakfast, along with students from Aurora’s St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic High School.