Four days into our whirlwind orientation we had the opportunity to formally begin our partnership with The Churchill Society for the 2013-2014 year. The society chair Joel Watson graciously invited us to attend a presentation from Chief Executive Officer of Ipsos Public Affiars and author Darrell Bricker. Bricker detailed the thesis of his new book The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What it Means For Our Future. The presentation included an in-depth look at Canada’s ever-changing demographics and the implications these changes have for the country’s political parties. The presentation also included a rebuttal from Chrystia Freeland who, besides being a noted author and journalist, is also a candidate for the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Toronto Centre.
After the debate we also had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Bricker and Mr. Watson about a wide range of Canadian political issues. Their time and insights were very much appreciated. In addition, the OLIP interns would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Watson and the Churchill Society event organizer Susan Kushneryk for the invitation and their kind words at the event. We look forward to continuing a strong partnership between OLIP and the Churchill Society in the near future.
By Mitchell Davidson