Attend filming of the exclusive “Thinking the Unthinkables” debates

Attend the filming of the exclusive “Thinking the Unthinkables” debates on Nov. 20, 2008. The debates will take place at the Rogers offices in the Velma Rogers Theatre, 333 Bloor St. East.

As part of this group, you will witness a series of engaging debates moderated by Joe Chidley, Editor of Canadian Business and Steve Maich Executive Editor of Maclean’s. Topics will range from integration and immigration to the oil sands and education. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an audience question and answer session after each debate.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some of Canada’s brightest minds debating issues important to Canadians (speaker/topic details below). This event is FREE. RSVP to

MORNING SESSION—9:30 am to 1:30 pm (includes lunch)

9:30 am to 10:30 am – U.S. Deep Integration
Should we erase the U.S. border for the purposes of trade and labour mobility?
Jim Stanford, Chief Economist, Canadian Auto Workers and Author, Paper Boom
Michael Hart, Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

10:30 am to 11:30 am – Oil Sands
Is it time to stop or slow oil sands development?
David Collyer, President of CAPP
Simon Dyer, Director, Oil Sands, Pembina Institute

11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Canadian Immigration Policy
Should Canada adopt a more wide-open immigration policy,
or should we be more focused on targeted immigration based on Canada’s market needs?

Andrew Coyne, National Editor, Maclean’s
James Bissett, the former head of the Canadian Immigration Service

** LUNCH—12:30 pm to 1:30 pm**

AFTERNOON SESSION—12:30 pm to 4:30 pm (includes lunch)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Selling Water
Should Canada be selling more water?
Meera Karunananthan, National Water Campaigner, Council of Canadians
Daniel Klymchuk, Frontier Centre on Public Policy

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Education
Canada can best improve its productivity by producing more and better managers, not more sci grads?
David Johnston, president, University of Waterloo
Dean Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean, Schulich School of Business

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Carbon Tax
Even at $1.35 a litre, gasoline is not expensive enough: The case for carbon taxes.
Jack Mintz, School of Policy Studies, University of Calgary
Maureen Bader, BC Director, The Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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