“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation,” and in true OLIP tradition, the interns once again spent an evening celebrating Sir Winston Churchill and his many quotes and quips at the annual gala held in his honour by the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. The evening was filled with great music, delicious food, and engaging conversation with the many attendees.
It was an honour for us to volunteer at the gala, which included remarks by Peter Mansbridge and the evening’s honouree, The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, a former minister with the Davis government and the past Chief Justice of Ontario. Mr. McMurtry has a strong history as a rights advocate, particularly with his ruling that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms must guarantee equality for same-sex couples. He was an excellent choice for the award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy.
Churchill’s idea of a good dinner was to discuss good food, and, after this good food had been discussed, to discuss a good topic—with himself as the chief conversationalist. Had Churchill been at the dinner, it likely would have lived up to his expectations.
Thank you once again to the Churchill Society for inviting us to participate in such a wonderful evening and for their continued support of OLIP. If you would like to learn more about the Society and their upcoming events, check out their website at www.churchillsociety.org
The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy annual gala was a great opportunity for the interns to rub shoulders with some of Ontario’s greatest legal and political minds.
The head table this year was packed with super-stars from the municipal and judicial levels of government, including Chief Justice George Strathy among others. Roland McMurtry was the guest of honour for the evening, and gave an impassioned speech which spanned his long and distinguished career on the judicial bench, including his landmark decision legalizing same sex marriage.
Peter Mansbridge also spoke that evening, delivering a witty and personal address that added some levity to the evening, as well as reminding us all of the importance of always working to strengthen the fragile foundations of democracy.
Many thanks to the passionate and dedicated team from the Churchill Society for their great success in running the gala and for including us in this special evening. We appreciate their continued support of the OLIP programme and look forward to collaborating further in the New Year.