Great Canadian Debates: Has the threat of terrorism been exaggerated?

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Has the terrorist threat to Canada been exaggerated?

Jonathan Kay and Chris Alexander will hash out that question as part of the first Great Canadian Debate to take place in Toronto, happening on April 18, 2016 at the Isabel Bader Theatre at the University of Toronto.

Many would argue that Canadians have been naïve about the extent of the danger, and we have not done enough to protect ourselves from violent radicals who would destroy our very way of life.

Others say that security forces have contained the threat, and point out that the danger to individual Canadians from terrorism is miniscule, compared to such mundane hazards as traffic accidents and common diseases.

Kay, the editor-in-chief of Walrus Magazine, will argue in favour of the motion “The terrorist threat has been grossly exaggerated in Canada”. Alexander, a former Canadian diplomat and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, will argue against.

When: 7 p.m., April 18, 2016

Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street W. (University of Toronto), Toronto, ON

Who: Jonathan Kay and Chris Alexander

General admission: $20

Students and senior citizens: $15

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