The Churchill Society

for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy

The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is a non-partisan, charitable organization that honours the life of Sir Winston Churchill by facilitating education, discussion and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.
“Thus we arrive, by our ancient constitutional methods, at practical working arrangements which show that Parliamentary democracy can adapt itself to all situations and can go out in all weathers.”
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
British House of Commons
8 September 1942

UPCOMING EVENTS

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50th Anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s Death, 24 Jan 2015

The Churchill Society will host a commemorative ceremony based on the original Order of Service for Sir Winston’s funeral in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The event will take place in the beautiful Trinity College Chapel, Toronto, on Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 11 am.

Churchill planned his own funeral, which included splendid choral music and classic hymns. The commemorative service will reflect his choices, supported by the Chapel Choir and buglers from the Governor General’s Horse Guards.

A reception will follow, with multi-media exhibits from the Graham Library, Trinity College.

The event is free, but donations are welcome.

Please RSVP at info@churchillsociety.org, Online donations can be made at our website www.churchillsociety.org/about

Funeral

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THE 32nd ANNUAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY DINNER: 26 Nov 2015

A charitable evening to support democracy education and to celebrate the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and Parliamentary Democracy in Canada.

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
IN THE CAUSE OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY

 

Committee

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Reception & Silent Auction: 6:00 pm
Dinner and Award presentation: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Fairmont Royal York Hotel- Concert Hall
1
00 Front Street West, Toronto
Dress: Black tie with miniatures or business suit

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Register now

2014 Annual General Meeting and Luncheon

Thursday, May 27th, 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Royal Canadian Military Institute , 426 University Ave. Main Dinning Room, Toronto, Ontario
12 noon – 1:30 pm
Tickets: $60
With Special Guest Speaker John Parker

A brief AGM for members will follow the luncheon to deal with items of business including election of Directors, updates to the bylaws, appointment of auditor and approval of financial statements.
Please RSVP by May 23rd.

The 29th Annual Churchill Society Dinner Photos

This year’s dinner took place on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 in the Dominion Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto.

This charitable evening supports democracy education and celebrates the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and Parliamentary Democracy in Canada.

Join us next year at this exciting event.

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

The Big Shift – Right …or wrong?

Darrell Bricker and Chrystia Freeland will discuss their ideas about the future of our democracy in Canada, with regard to our changing demographic and economic character. Bricker is the CEO of Ipsos Global Public Affairs. Among other things, Bricker wrote The Big Shift with John Ibbitson, published earlier this year. Chrystia Freeland is a journalist and is a candidate for the Liberal Party nomination in Toronto Centre. She wrote, among other things, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, published just last year. There will be time for questions and discussion with everyone in attendance.

Monday September 9, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Location: 77 King Street West, Suite 400

Cash bar and light snacks will be served
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Annual General Meeting & Luncheon

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 12:00pm-1:30pm
The Albany Club, 91 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario
12 noon – 1:30 pm
Tickets: $65
With Special Guest Speaker Hon. Dalton McGuinty, MPP
24th Premier of Ontario
Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South

A brief AGM for members will follow the luncheon to deal with items of business including election of Directors and approval of financial statements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Donald Creighton Lecture

Dear Churchill Members,

The History Department at the University of Toronto warmly invites you to the annual Creighton Lecture featuring Sir David Cannadine. Sir David will speak on “The ‘Special Relationship’ in Historical Perspective: Winston Churchill and Anglo-America Revisited.” April 5, 2013, 4 p.m., George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College.

More information can be found here: www.history.utoronto.ca/news/2013Creighton.pdf

Please contact history.events@utoronto.ca to RSVP.

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Churchill Society Book Club 2013

The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy

Invites you to

An Evening with Terry Reardon

Tuesday, April 16th
University of Toronto
Trinity College Library
Combination Room
6 Hoskin Avenue
7:30pm Presentation

Churchill Society Members Free
Non-Members $20

Read more…

Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King
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2013 Hart House Churchill Debate

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BE IT RESOLVED: That This House Believes that Parliament has Been Thrown Under the Omnibus

Kevin Page – Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer

Kevin Page was appointed Canada’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer on March 25, 2008. Mr. Page has 27 years of experience in the federal public service. He has worked extensively in the three main central agencies, including Finance Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office.

Read more…

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Winston Comes to Ryerson

The Life Institute at Ryerson University is offering a course on “The Life and Times of Winston Churchill” who a BBC poll selected as the greatest Briton of the 20th century. Although many people consider 1940 as his finest hour, this course will show that he was truly a renaissance man – orator, writer, historian, artist, as well as politician and war leader. The course will survey the late Victorian era to the atomic age through the events and people of Churchill’s life.

It will be taught on Wednesday afternoons during February and March by John Plumpton, a former president of The Churchill Centre and director of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He presently tweets on Churchill’s daily activities @churchilltoday. Registration is only online and begins at 7:00 a.m. on December 11. Many courses fill up within an hour. Full details are at www.thelifeinstitute.ca
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THE 29TH ANNUAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY DINNER Register now

A charitable evening to support democracy education
and to celebrate the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and Parliamentary Democracy in Canada

Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Reception & Silent Auction: 6:00 pm Dinner: 7:00 – 9:30pm
Dominion Ballroom, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West, Toronto
Dress: Black tie with miniatures or business suit

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Annual General Meeting

Thursday May 24th, 2012
The Albany Club
91 King Street East
Toronto, ON
12 noon – 1:30pm
Tickets: $60 plus taxes
With Special Guest Speaker: Hon. Michael Ignatieff, PC, PhD – Senior Resident, Massey College, University of Toronto who will present “An Effective Parliament – Needed Reforms”
A brief AGM for members will follow the luncheon to deal with items of business including election of Directors and approval of financial statements

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Churchill Society Book Club

Churchill Room
Graham Library
Trinity College/Munk School of Global Affairs
3 Devonshire Place
Tuesday May 15th beginning at 7:30pm
Please join us for a discussion of Mary Soames’, “A Daughter’s Tale – The Memoir of Winston and Clementine Churchill’s Youngest Child”. Perceptive, funny, always totally honest, it provides an unequalled view of the corridors of power. Mary was neither downstairs nor upstairs: her view was from the nursery, the schoolroom, that of the family member who took no part in the shaping of great events but saw and noted almost everything. It is not the whole story, but it is a vital part of it and one which could not come from any other source.
The book is available at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto
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2012 Hart House Churchill Debate

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
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PARLIAMENT 2012

The Parliament We Want: Parliamentary Reform in 2012

A Forum Exploring Parliamentary Democracy in Contemporary Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon. Michael Chong PC, MP
The Conservative Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, Mr. Chong was first elected to Parliament in 2004. In 2006, Michael served in the federal cabinet as President of the Queen’s Privy Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for Sport.

Sean Conway

A member of the the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for 28 years, Mr. Conway served in the cabinet of Premier David Peterson (1985-90), holding the positions of Minister of Education, Minister of Colleges and Universities, Minister of Mines and Government House Leader.

Alison Loat

Alison is the co-founder and executive director of Samara, an organization that works to strengthen political engagement in Canada. She is also a fellow and instructor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, and is the president-elect of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin is anchor and senior editor of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” TVO’s flagship current affairs program. He is also the author of a number of critically acclaimed books including “The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics”, “The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life” and “Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts.

Daniel Tisch – Moderator

Daniel Tisch is a Past-Chair of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy (2004-2007). Currently president of Argyle Communications, a leading national public relations firm, Dan is a frequent media commentator and blogger on political communication. Earlier in his career, he served in senior policy and communications roles in the Canadian government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Time: 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm
A free public event featuring a multi-partisan panel. Panelists will discuss the course to build on Canada’s historic parliamentary traditions, aiming to ensure that the House of Commons and the Senate will operate most effectively and will provide a clear plan to energize both vital institutions, and Canadians. The discussion will feature questions from citizens at the event.
Sponsored by
The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy
& The Munk School of Global Affairs
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Call for Nominations for the 2012 Award of Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy

Churchill Society members in good standing must respond, with a one page outline (this is mandatory) explaining why they are nominating the individual, by 5pm on February 14th, all responses to be sent to churchill@zzeem.com. A member may nominate no more than one individual. The criteria to be considered are the following:
1. Stature of Award Recipient
2. Respect that Award Recipient Commands
3. Work in Advancing the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy
4. Record of Service
5. Length of Service
Exclusion criteria include having received the award in the past, and being a current member of any Federal or Provincial/Territorial legislature.
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Twenty-Eighth Annual Churchill Society Dinner

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto
Our recipient of the Churchill Society Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy is The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin Jr. Our guest speaker is Allen Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge.
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Annual General Meeting & Luncheon

Join us as we celebrate a successful 2010 / 2011 Churchill Society year!
Thursday May 26th
The Albany Club
Sir John A. MacDonald Room – 4th Floor
91 King Street East
Toronto, ON
12 noon – 2pm
With Special Guest Speaker Peter Milliken who will present “Thoughts on Parliamentary Democracy from Canada’s Longest-Serving Speaker”
Lunch will be served.
An AGM will deal with items of business, including election of directors and approval of financial statements.
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PARLIAMENT 2011

Preparing for Uncertain Election Outcomes in a Parliamentary Democracy
A Forum Exploring Parliamentary Democracy in Contemporary Canada
Click here for a copy of the audio files from this event: www.utoronto.ca/munk/tech/sound/2011_04_20-Churchill_Society.mp3
Check out the CBC’s coverage of the event: http://tinyurl.com/3vullvy
We are assembling an outstanding panel that will include:
Bill Graham P.C., Q.C.
Liberal Member of Parliament from 1993-2006, Mr. Graham served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defense, Leader of the Opposition and Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Brian Topp
Brian Topp, President, ACTRA
Current executive director of ACTRA Toronto, Mr. Topp was formerly deputy chief of staff to Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, and served as the NDP’s national campaign director during the 2006 and 2008 elections.
Peter Russell
Peter Russell Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Peter Russell is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto where he taught political science from 1958 to his retirement in 1996. He is one of Canada’s leading constitutional experts, a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Ron Atkey
Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (1972, 1979), Mr. Atkey served as Minister of Employment and Immigration. He later served as Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and Amicus Curiae to the Arar Commission.
Moderated by Cheryl Milne, Executive Director, David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
Time: 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm
A free public event featuring a multi-partisan panel. Panelists will discuss how our current constitutional conventions prepare us for an uncertain election, whether we should re-think our current conventions…and much more. The discussion will feature questions from citizens at the event.
Sponsored by
The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy
& The Munk School of Global Affairs
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The Churchill Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy and the Association of Political Science Students
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C.
Global Leadership: Canada’s Role Over the Next Twenty Years
Thursday, April 21, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Vivian & David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk Centre for International Studies
University of Toronto
I Devonshire Place
FREE
The Churchill Society wishes to acknowledge the kind support and generosity of
Col. The Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman in sponsoring this lecture.
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Professor Delmar McCormack Smyth

Professor Delmar McCormack Smyth died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton on February 21, 2011. “Del”, as he was known to his legions of friends and colleagues, was 88.
Del was one of the Society’s four founders. Del, more than anyone else, is responsible for “the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy” being part of the Society’s name and mandate. He was a strong Churchillian but realized that the educational mandate to advance understanding of parliamentary democracy was essential to making the Society relevant to succeeding generations of Canadians. He became the Society’s first Chairperson in 1984, and presided at its first Annual Dinner.
McCormack Smyth was born and educated in Toronto. In 1944 he took his B.A. at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. Two years later he married Wanita Snelgrove, also a Torontonian, who survives him. After graduation he entered the business world as General Manager of the Electric Heaters and Engineering Company, and became President of his own company, McCormack Smyth Ltd., in 1947. He subsequently joined the Department of Trade and Commerce in Ottawa. There he worked closely with C.D. Howe and was involved in the organization of Canada’s early international trade conferences.
Del never abandoned his academic interests and connections. He served as Assistant Registrar of the University of Toronto from 1956-60, and became Director of Admissions in 1959. From 1960 to 1962, Del attended Churchill College in Cambridge University where he was the first Fellow Commoner, a fellowship honouring the life and work of Winston Churchill.
After returning from Cambridge, Del joined the staff of York University to be Assistant to President Murray Ross, and to lecture in political science. In various capacities McCormack Smyth played a leading role in building the new university. From 1963 to 1969, he served as Dean of York’s Atkinson College, the division of York devoted to the education of part-time and mature students. Midst all of his administration duties, Del found time to earn an M Phil in 1970 and Ph D in 1972 at the University of Toronto. He continued to teach at York into the mid-1990s.
Del Smyth was a man of formidable energy and intellect. His enthusiasm for the many good causes he espoused was contagious – including his commitment to strengthening parliamentary democracy in Canada and honouring the legacy of Winston Churchill. We in the Churchill Society are very much in his debt.
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The Friends of the Library Trinity College

Paul Stevens
Churchill’s Novel: Savrola

Savrola
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
7:30 for 8 pm
Combination Room
RSVP by 4 March
416 · 978 · 2653
FOTL@trinity.utoronto.ca
Paul Stevens is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature and Culture in the University of Toronto Department of English. His area of specialty is Seventeenth-Century English literature, especially the works of John Milton. Former President of the Milton Society of America and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, his most recent book is Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England, co-edited with David Lowenstein, which won the 2009 Irene Samuel Memorial Prize. His publications on Churchill include “Churchill’s Military Romanticism,” Queen’s Quarterly (2006) and Ex Libris (2006) and “Final Reflections: Edmund Spenser and the End of the British Empire,” in Empires of God (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).
Churchill’s first and only novel, Savrola, was published in 1899 when the future statesman was just twenty-five years old. The novel may not be great literature but it is a fascinating work which does much to illuminate Churchill’s mind at the beginning of his career. Most importantly, it does much to explain his complex relationship with his parents and the wellsprings of his ambition.
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2011 Churchill Debate at Hart House

March 10, 2011
Our annual sponsorship of a formal student debate at Hart House in the University of Toronto is a long-standing component of the Churchill’s Society’s educational programme. Our aim is to advance the cause of parliamentary democracy by encouraging and facilitating debate about issues of importance and relevance to Canada’s democracy.
RESOLVED: Support for democracy should be the foundation of Canadian foreign policy.
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The Churchill Society Book Club

On February 22nd, from 7pm to 10:00pm in the Combination Room of Trinity College, The Churchill Society Book Club will be discussing Barbara Leaming’s Churchill Defiant: Fighting On, 1945-1955.
Churchill Defiant
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Combination Room
Trinity College
University of Toronto
6 Hoskin Ave.
The event is FREE to all who are interested.
“Expelled from power in 1945 by the British electorate, Winston Churchill could have retired, written memoirs, and basked in national esteem for his wartime leadership. Despite this, Churchill clung to politics for another decade, frustrating the ambition for the top spot of the Conservative Party’s younger, glamour-boy heir apparent, Anthony Eden. Leaming’s absorbing chronicle depicts Churchill’s conviction of his indispensability and Eden’s exasperations within a sequence of schemes and cabals of Tory factions to replace the former with the latter. Such plots the wily Churchill repeatedly circumvented by reneging on promises to retire and by public speeches that effectively (though deceptively) allayed rumours about his health, diminished by several strokes. Illuminating Churchill’s determination to defy time, Leaming alludes to his previous comebacks and to his belief that he alone could negotiate with Stalin and his successors, a conceit with which the author makes some sport. In the context of Britain’s grim postwar years of austerity and the ascension of Elizabeth II, Leaming produces eminently readable political history.”
The book is published by Harper Collins and available at Chapters/Indigo.
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University of Toronto Model Parliament

March 16th – 18th 2011 at the Ontario Legislative Assembly
The G20 Summit and Canadian civil liberties. Canada’s ongoing military engagement in Afghanistan. Taking loans to pay for a University or College education. What’s your take on some of Canada’s leading national issues?
Join hundreds of students from across the country for three days of debate at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. From Wednesday March 16 – 18th, the University of Toronto Model Parliament will host its Second Annual Parliamentary Simulation. This is not merely (or exclusively) an opportunity to get up on a soapbox. Work with young Canadians like yourself, and contribute to the creation of public policy solutions for the Canada of tomorrow.
On the evening of the 16th, join us for the Inaugural Ball, a reception for delegates to the Second Annual Parliamentary Simulation and University of Toronto students in international relations, history, political science and economics. Each delegate receives two complimentary tickets to the event.
If you register before March 1, 2011, you are eligible for the early bird rate: $40.00.
We are also offering a limited number of needs-based bursaries sponsored by the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy.
Visit www.utmodelparliament.org today to register.
E-mail any questions or comments to registration@utmodelparliament.org.
We look forward to seeing you.
University of Toronto Model Parliament
Munk School for Global Affairs
Room 004N
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3K7
connect@utmodelparliament.org
www.utmodelparliament.org
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The Importance of Being Winston

THE NATIONAL INTEREST | From the Jan-Feb 2011 issue
John Lukacs | December 16, 2010
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Is Coalition Government in Britain here to stay?

Professor Robert Hazell | University College London
Thursday, February 3, 2011
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Bennett Lecture Hall, Flavelle House, Faculty of Law
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VIGIL OF REMEMBERANCE

“Never has so much been owed by so many to so few”.
For seven days, from November 4 until November 11, Canadian schools, from the Yukon to Newfoundland and the EU, will project the names of the 68,000 Canadians soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, doctors and merchant seamen who died in the First World War. A project of this kind has never been created before.
In the Toronto area Bishop Strachan School at 298 Lonsdale Road will be projecting the names of the 68,000 Canadians on the walls of the chapel. This is something all our members are invited to drop by and see.
Each name will appear at exactly the same moment in each school in Canada and in Belgium. 9,700 names will be witnessed each day of the vigil. They will appear one by one simultaneously across the country. Each name will be seen for 25 seconds. Each individual name will be seen only once during the seven days. On the quarter hours throughout the vigil the names will briefly pause and a photograph of one of the 3,400 cemeteries in Belgium and France where the Canadians are buried will be projected. Because each name appears simultaneously in each province of Canada and in Belgium, the time zone differences will affect the starting time of the vigil in each province. All times are anchored in Belgium time. In Ypres the vigil will start at 5pm each day. (Start Time Nov 4 – 6: 12:15pm / Nov 7 – 10: 11:15am)
“The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy and International Churchill Society Canada are proud to be presenting partners of this remarkable Vigil, remembering and honouring the Canadians who died in service from 1914 to 1918. Winston Churchill once paid tribute to the men and women who fought to preserve democracy as follows: “Never has so much been owed by so many to so few”.
For the more than 68,000 Canadians who surrendered their lives, their legacy of advancing freedom and democracy lives on and endures.” added Robert O’Brien speaking on behalf of the Churchill societies.
For full details please visit www.1914-1918.ca
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Churchill Society BlueBook

Speeches from the 2009 Churchill Awards Dinner
2009 Recipient – The Rt. Honourable Herb Gray
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Churchilliad

Volume 22 | Issue 1 | Spring 2010
A Year of Parliament, Prorogation and Politics
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Annual General Meeting & Luncheon

We’ve just celebrated a successful 2009 / 2010 Churchill Society year!
Guest Speaker

Toronto Mayor David Miller
“Canadian Cities in an Urban Era”

Cutting the ribbon
Mayor David Miller cuts the ribbon to mark the 25th Anniversary of the unveiling of the Sir Winston Churchill statue at Nathan Phillips Square and its revitalization with new educational plaques on October 23, 2002.
Annual General Meeting & Luncehon
Was held Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
Like many Torontonians, David Miller immigrated to Canada. He and his mother arrived from England in 1967 and moved to Toronto in 1981. David Miller received a degree in economics from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. Before running for public office, he was a partner at the Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis.
David Miller was elected Toronto’s 63rd mayor in November 2003 and was re-elected in November 2006 with nearly 60% of the popular vote and a mandate to make Toronto a city of prosperity, livability and opportunity for all.
An AGM will deal with items of business, including election of directors and approval of financial statements.
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Book Discussion Group Citizens of LondonHow Britain Was Rescued In Its Darkest, Finest Hour

by Lynne Olson
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This event was held Thursday, April 22, 2010
Combination Room, Trinity College, University of Toronto
My latest book — Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour — will be published by Random House on Feb. 2, 2010. Like Troublesome Young Men, it deals with Britain in World War II, this time from an American perspective. In it, I focus on three Americans who lived in London during the war and who played major roles in forming and shaping the Anglo-American alliance — John Gilbert Winant, the American ambassador to Britain; Edward R. Murrow, the celebrated CBS broadcaster, and Averell Harriman, the head of Lend Lease in Britain. Each, in his own way, was crucial to the success of the “special relationship,” and each has a dramatic story to tell. – Lynne Olson
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Churchill Debate at Hart House

RESOLVED: Parliament should direct that youth be sentenced as adults.
Kitchen accord

Former Chief Justice of Ontario
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, O.C., O.Ont., Q.C.

Co-author, Review of the Roots of Youth Violence
As the co-author of the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence commissioned by the Ontario Government in 2008, Mr. McMurtry is in a unique position to speak to the debate resolution. Prior to serving as the chief justice of Ontario, Mr. McMurtry was Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, attorney general and solicitor general for the province of Ontario. As part of Davis Government, Mr. McMurtry was involved in the patriation of the Constitution of Canada and the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. McMurtry is currently the chancellor of York University. (He is pictured above in 1981 with then attorney general for Saskatchewan, Roy Romanow, and then federal justice minister Jean Chretien.

2010 Churchill Debate at Hart House

Was held Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Parliament 2010: Prorogation & Beyond

A Forum Exploring Parliamentary Democracy in Contemporary Canada

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Prorogue [proh-rohg]- verb (used with object), – rogued, – ro-guing.
  1. to discontinue a session of (the British Parliament of a similar body).
  2. to defer; postpone.
Origin: 1375-1425; late ME prorogue <L prōrogāre to prolong, protract, defer, lit., to ask publicly, equiv. to prō- pro- 1 + rogāre to ask, propose.
Related forms: pro-ro-ga-tion [proh-ruh-gey-shuh n]
Synonyms: 1) suspend

Parliament 2010: Prorogation & Beyond

This event took place Monday, March 8, 2010 at the Munk Centre for International Studies
Featuring
Andrew Coyne
The Honourable John Godfrey, PC
Richard Gwyn, OC
The Honourable Barbara McDougall, PC, OC
Moderated by Daniel Tisch.
The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is proud to announce, in partnership with the Munk Centre for International Studies, ‘Parliament 2010: Prorogation & Beyond.”
This lively forum exploring parliamentary democracy in contemporary Canada will be held at 7:00pm for 7:30 pm on Monday, March 8, 2010 at the Campbell Conference Facility in the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place.
A rousing discussion on the subject of democracy in Canada, this free public information meeting features some of Canada’s most eminent journalists and former Parliamentarians. Our esteemed panel of speakers is eager to share their views on the role of Parliament and its impact on Canadian democracy. They will discuss the essentials of parliamentary democracy, political strategy in the current minority parliament & more.
Exclusive Commentary
Peter H. Russell
Robin Sears
Senator Hugh Segal
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This event was co-sponsored by the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy and the Munk Centre for International Studies.
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Citizens of London

How Britain Was Rescued In Its Darkest, Finest Hour

by Lynne Olson

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Book launch

This event took place Monday, March 1, 2010
My latest book — Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour — will be published by Random House on Feb. 2, 2010. Like Troublesome Young Men, it deals with Britain in World War II, this time from an American perspective. In it, I focus on three Americans who lived in London during the war and who played major roles in forming and shaping the Anglo-American alliance — John Gilbert Winant, the American ambassador to Britain; Edward R. Murrow, the celebrated CBS broadcaster, and Averell Harriman, the head of Lend Lease in Britain. Each, in his own way, was crucial to the success of the “special relationship,” and each has a dramatic story to tell. – Lynne Olson
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Sixth Annual Churchill Lecture

Thursday, November 19, 2009, the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy and the Munk Centre for International Studies presented
The Right Honourable Herb Gray, P.C., C.C., Q.C.
In his lecture, The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray, one of the great parliamentarians of the present era, drew upon his decades of experience and commitment to parliamentary government to discuss:

Parliamentary Democracy in Canada: Looking Back and Looking Forward

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Twenty-Sixth Annual Churchill Society Dinner

A charitable evening in support of democracy education in Canada and to celebrate the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and Parliamentary Democracy in Canada
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Churchill Society chairman Robert O’Brien with the Right Honourable Herb Gray, the 2009 Recipient of the Churchill Society Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy, November 18, 2009.
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PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY EDUCATION

University of Toronto Model Parliament

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The University of Toronto Model Parliament (UTMP) is a not-for-profit and non-partisan organization which hosts an annual conference in the Ontario Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park, and the adjacent Trinity College campus. UTMP draws its delegation from a number of Toronto-area high schools, and the Canadian university community.
The Inaugural Session took place in the Ontario Legislature February 10 – 12, 2010.

The Churchill Awards

The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy believes model parliaments are an excellent way to introduce young Canadians to the practical workings of parliamentary democracy. The Society has a made a financial contribution on behalf of its members and donors to the University of Toronto Model Parliament.
In addition to the establishment of needs-based Churchill Society bursaries to cover the cost of registration, the following merit-based awards will be presented to the top junior and senior participants:
The Churchill Award will be given to the delegate who best demonstrates the clarity of argument, oratorical skill, and rhetorical style of Sir Winston Churchill.
The Churchill Party Leadership Award will be given to the delegate who demonstrates leadership in their capacity as a party leader.
The Churchill Literary Award will be given to the delegate who makes the most thoughtful and well-written contributions to the Parliamentary Hansard while in session.
The Churchill Leadership Awards will be given to Junior Directors on the Executive Board who have demonstrated commitment, creativity, and initiative while organizing the University of Toronto Model Parliament.
The Churchill Peacemaker’s Awards will be given to the delegates who best represents the ideals of parliamentary democracy, by conducting themselves in a cooperative and constructive manner while in session.
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Our Country, Our Parliament is intended for students of English and French at an intermediate level who may or may not know about democracy or Canada’s parliamentary system of government. Teachers can easily adapt the concepts, topics and vocabulary for use in grades 5–8 social studies units on the parliamentary process or for literary arts units.
The booklet is produced by the Library of Parliament and printing and distribution of this booklet was made possible in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage (Government of Canada) and the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy.
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Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP)

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The Churchill Society is a sponsor of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP), which brings eight recent graduates to Queen’s Park every year to work with backbench members of the Legislature. The non-partisan programme was established in 1975 by the Canadian Political Science Association and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
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Forum For Young Canadians

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The Churchill Society created the Winston Churchill Scholarship Fund to assist deserving participants of the Forum for Young Canadians. The Forum is a programme about Canadian government and our governmental institutions. Established in 1975, Forum is operated by the not-for-profit Foundation for the Study of the Processes of Government in Canada. The bilingual and strictly non-partisan programme brings a total of 600 students (aged 16-19 years) from across Canada to Ottawa in four separate sessions each spring where they spend a week on Parliament Hill to experience first‑hand how Canadian government works and the values it promotes.
There were four sessions that ran from February 21 – April 24, 2010. For more information about Forum for Young Canadians, visit their website www.forum.ca
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Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

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The Churchill Society is a proud partner of the Library of Parliament’s Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy and Teacher Leadership Program. The Institute and the Leader Program are unique professional development opportunities that are open to teachers of social studies and related subjects, including political science, history, law, civics, or native studies, currently teaching from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (Primary cycle 1 to Secondary cycle 2 and CEGEP in Quebec). Each November, the Institute brings approximately 70 teachers from across the country together for an intensive, informative, unforgettable week on Parliament Hill. The Teacher Leader Program trains alumni of the Institute to go back to towns and cities across Canada to provide parliamentary democracy workshops for other teachers.
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Churchill Debate at Hart House

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In conjunction with the Debates Committee and the Debating Club at Hart House, the Churchill Society sponsors an annual debate on a topic of interest and relevance to the University of Toronto community.
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Churchill Society Award for Public Speaking

The Churchill Society is the sponsor of the Churchill Society Award for for Public Speaking awarded at the annual Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID) Central Canadian Championships – the Right Honourable Jules Leger Cup.
This year’s Leger were held February 26-28, 2010 at the University of Western Ontario.
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