Debate Topics

Be it Resolved that…


Science and Technology


1.  computer literacy replace the traditional three “R’s” in Canadian high schools.

2.  computerized teaching aids be banned from the classroom.

3.  computerization increases job opportunities for Canadians.

4.  computerization improves living standards throughout the world

5.  computerization reduces the total number of jobs available to Canadians.

6.  the production of test tube babies be prohibited.

7.  current and future attempts to create and prolong human life by artificial means serves the interest of humanity.

8.  the research scientist be held responsible for the use to which society puts his research.

9.  the salvation of our society lie in the Arts

10.  technological advances are sufficient to overcome our dwindling resources.

11.  technology is a threat to individual privacy.

12.  science greatly benefits mankind

13.  science and technology advances more rapidly than man’s understanding of them.

14.  space research is a waste of time and money.

15.  more money be spent on scientific research in Canada.


Education and Schools


1.  School is not necessary beyond grade…

2.  the completion of high school qualifies one to hold a job.

3.  today’s educational system is inadequate for the needs of today’s society.

4.  school standards should be raised?

5.  strict discipline is the best way to raise children

6.  religion should be taught in all public schools.

7.  students who receive an “A” average should be excused from final examinations

8.  credit be given to students for participation in extra-curricular activities

9.  extra-curricular activities be abolished

10.  students be given one day a month to pursue individual research and study

11.  Language Arts classes devote one period a weed to oral work

12.  children are forced to grow up too soon

13.  university tuition fees be abolished

14.  there be merit pay for teachers

15.  a four day school week in the best interest of students

16.  comic books be banned

17.  studying anything before 1900 is a waste of time

18.  literature is essential to civilization

19.  all students be required to participate in one extra curricular activity

20.  poverty is a greater evil to society than illiteracy




1.  western society is immoral

2.  Canada is a civilization worth preserving

3.  nationalism is the greatest evil of the twenty-first century

4.  all Canadians should be bilingual

5.  Canadians have a sense of identity

6.  modern music is inferior to classical music

7.  music the mirror of society

8.  Canadian culture is controlled by the United States


Men and Women


1.  women receive equal pay for equal work

2.  girls help pay for the cost of a date

3.  it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all

4.  the family is an outmoded institution

5.  couples be prevented from having more than two children

6.  marriage be prohibited before the age of 18

7.  women should be allowed to be priests in the Catholic Church

8.  the government take steps to better protect the rights of women




1.  national service be compulsory in Canada

2.  U.F.Os exist

3.  competition is beneficial to human beings

4.  animals be maintained in captivity for human enjoyment

5.  poverty is a state of mind

6.  families be restricted to one car

7.  the world will ultimately starve

8.  the preservation of the environment is more important than industrial development

9.  the Olympics be abolished

10.  overdevelopment is a greater threat to world peace than under-development

11.  the United Nations is a failure

12.  progress is an illusion

13.  the energy crisis is a blessing in disguise

14.  tipping should be abolished

15.  North American sports encourages an atmosphere of violence

16.  politics is an honourable profession

17.  the United States is a greater threat to world peace than Communist China

18.  law enforcement is biased against the young

19.  every Canadian should be issued an identification card

20.  personalities have replaced issues in politics

21.  the youth of today have a more difficult life than the youth of thirty years ago

22.  there be health care for animals

23.  the celebration of Christmas is too commercialized

24.  the monarchy is desirable and necessary to Canada

25.  revolution is the most effective way to accomplish political change

26.  euthanasia (assisted suicide) is morally just

27.  capital punishment is a better deterrent to murder than life imprisonment

28.  a bath better is than a shower

29.  Santa’s elves have the right to strike

30.  Snoopy is a war monger

31.  Canada needs heroes

32.  drinking alcohol should be prohibited

33.  it be desirable if we had the ability to read another’s mind

34.  public nudity should be permitted

35.  war toys be outlawed

36.  money can buy happiness

37.  fear is a positive emotion

38.  up is better than down

39.  it is easier to be a teenager than an adult

40.  dogs are better than cats

41.  athletes not be allowed to earn more than $100,000 a year

42.  red is better than blue

43.  democracy is outmoded

44.  gossip should be made illegal

45.  the best offence is a strong defence

46.  St. Valentine’s Day be abolished

47.  the legal drinking age in Canada be abolished

48.  the government permit the use of heroin in the treatment of cancer

49.  the federal government prohibit hunting as a sport

50.  crime pays

51.  movies are better than ever

52.  you are what you wear

53.  beauty is a curse

54.  rock music is destructive

55.  Pac Man is a dangerous foreign invader

56.  the dog is man’s best friend

57.  the modern man is a wimp

58.  Canadians be fined for failing to vote

59.  the coyote deserves to catch the road runner

60.  Humpty Dumpty got what he deserved

61.  a man’s home is his castle


Modern Issues


1.  measures be taken to reduce the migration of rural populations to large cities

2.  genetic engineering be made illegal

3.  the driving age be increased

4.  the government pay Canadian women for their work in raising a family

5.  highway speeds be lowered

6.  police powers be enlarged

7.  the production of test-tube babies be prohibited

8.  private automobiles be prohibited in downtown Calgary

9.  there be a 4 day work week

10. the physically fit earn a tax credit

11.  young offenders be tried in open court

12.  beer and wine be sold in grocery stores

13.  Canadian confederation be dismantled

14.  Canada buy/create nuclear weapons

15.  there be a world government

16.  Canada play a bigger role in peace keeping



The Media


1.  the news media be held responsible for the accuracy of their reporting

2.  TV dictates our way of life

3.  TV encourages violent behaviour in viewers

4.  TV  is addictive

5.  Is TV a wasteland?





1.  there is a Santa Claus

2.  the best things in life are free

3.  gentlemen really do prefer blondes

4.  hippiness is happiness

5.  history repeats itself

6.  imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

7.  we have too much freedom

8.  looks are the key to success

9.  there’s nothing new in the world today

10.  every man has his price

11.  peace should be at any price

12.  nice guys finish last

13.  we get what we deserve

14.  we should always get even

15.  freedom is overrated

16.  we are too serious

17.  revenge is sweet

18.  slow and steady really does win the race

19.  pride goes before a fall

20.  ignorance is bliss

21.  we want too much

22.  we have too much

23.  we know too much

24.  the truth will set you free

25.  No pain, no gain is true

26.  the pen is mightier than the sword

27.  it is better to be a live coward than a dead hero

28.  compromise is best

29.  we would rather not know        

30.  stability is better than progress

31.  we should  slow down

32.  anger is a virtue

33.  the future is in our control

34.  two heads are better than one

35.  power corrupts

36.  intelligence is over-rated

37.  something which does not kill us make us stronger

38.  chivalry is dead

39.  there is such a thing as magic

40.  there is  a case for terrorism

41.  science is the answer to world problems

42.  winning is everything

43.  we should mind our own business

44.  lightning is better than thunder

45.  tradition is holding us back

46.  the Ku Klux Klan be banned

47.  lotteries do more good than harm

48.  we censor the internet




1.  diamond’s are a girl’s best friend

2.  we need greener lawns

3.  we all be cowboys

4.  ketchup is essential

5.  the mirror is mankind’s worst invention

6.  life is a highway

7.  scrooge was right

8.  clocks are a good thing

9.  Darth Vader has the right idea

10.  the National Enquirer can be trusted

11.  sunsets are better than sunrises

12.  quantity is  better than quality

13.  it is better to be a trumpet than a violin

14.  life is like a video game

15.  life is  like the Simpsons

16.  it is better to be a sword than a shield

17.  it is better to be a pauper than a prince

28.  it is better to be a spider than a fly

29.  Santa Claus should be arrested

30.  little leagues do more harm than good

31.  soap operas are detrimental to one’s health

32.  the Grey Cup is an expensive and ludicrous binge

33.  balloons are useful to mankind