Statement on 2011 Provincial Debating Championships

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ms. Chartier: — Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to join you recently in presenting awards at the 2011 E.C. Leslie Provincial Championships, the annual championships of the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association, or SEDA, this year hosted by Campbell Collegiate in Regina. 102 students from around the province, ranging from grade 5 to grade 12 participated in the tournament.

The motion the students debated read as follows: “This House would allocate seats in parliament for Aboriginal peoples.” This is a particularly relevant debate to have today here in Saskatchewan with a growing First Nations and Métis population and limited descriptive Aboriginal representation here in this legislature. The students brought well-researched and thoughtful points forward on both sides of the debate.

The high school open final featured Nicholas Carver-Hill and Stefan Belev from Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon and Julia Peng and Brandon Powell from Campbell Collegiate, with Carver-Hill and Belev prevailing.
Carver-Hill, a grade 11 student, has been involved in parliamentary debate since 2006 — far longer, I might add, than I have, Mr. Speaker. He is a member of the national debate team and has debated in Germany, New Zealand, and Czechoslovakia this winter and will compete in the world debate championships in Scotland this summer. He is the most accomplished SEDA debater in this province’s history.

Saskatchewan will be sending nine teams to the Senior National Debate Championships in Halifax next week, and we will be hosting the Junior National Debate Championships in Estevan in May.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all members to join with me in congratulating the participants in the recent provincial tournament and in wishing the best of luck to our representatives at nationals.

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