Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate
|Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate|
|Type||Student debating organization|
|Affiliations||World Universities Debating Council|
The Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate (CUSID generally, and SUCDI in French) is the national organization which governs all competitive university debating and public speaking in Canada. It sanctions several official annual tournaments and represents Canadian debating domestically and abroad. Its membership consists of student debating unions, sanctioned by their respective universities, from across Canada. CUSID has been described as "a student-run, parliamentary debate league with close ties to the American Parliamentary Debating Association (APDA)".
Many prominent Canadians were university debaters, including former Canadian Prime Ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney, MPs John Godfrey and Justin Trudeau, Canadian Supreme Court justices Ian Binnie and Morris Fish, songwriter Leonard Cohen, entrepreneur Moses Znaimer, environmentalist David Suzuki, and journalist Ian Hanomansing. CUSID debaters have gone on to notable careers in law, business, government and academia and the Presidency of the organization is a highly sought after position.
CUSID was officially founded in 1978, although it held its first annual tournament in 1977. The regular tournaments held under its auspices, such as those at the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, and Queen's University predate CUSID's formation by many decades.
Founded as a national organization with strong central Canadian region roots, over the years, individual regional differences—particularly the separate identities of "CUSID East" and "CUSID West"—have become more pronounced. One of its primary functions is facilitating communications between its members institutions. In recent years, those communications have been primarily through their online forum, CUSIDnet, first set up in 1994, as the first online student debating forum in the world.
Annual invitational tournaments held in Canada include the McGill University Winter Carnival, the Queen’s University Chancellor’s Cup, the Carleton University Lord Dorchester Cup, the University of Toronto Hart House IV, the University of Ottawa Father Guindon Cup, and the Wilfrid Laurier University/University of Waterloo Seagram Cup.
CUSID is subdivided into three regional bodies, representing each region of Canada:
- CUSID Central, for Ontario and Quebec, which sponsors the Central Canadian Debating Championship (Léger Cup)
- CUSID East, for the Atlantic Provinces, which sponsors the Atlantic Canadian Debating Championship
- CUSID West, for the Western Provinces, Territories, and the U.S. state of Alaska, which sponsors the Western Canadian Debating Championship (McGoun Cup)
CUSID nationally and internationally sanctions several official championship tournaments, including:
- Canadian National Debating Championship
- Canadian National French Debating Championship (Compétitions Nationales Françaises SUCDI)
- North American Debating Championship (with the American Parliamentary Debate Association)
- World Universities Debating Championship (or WUDC, with many other national debating organizations)
The President of CUSID is the head of the organization and leads an elected executive team of six national and regional officers. He or she also represents CUSID and Canadian debating interests inside and outside of Canada, and is the Canadian representative on the World Universities Debating Council. He or she is elected annually by the member institutions at the National Championships.
|2013–2014||Meghan Ackland||Carleton University|
|2012–2013||Louis Tsilivis||University of Toronto|
|2011–2012||Ashvin Singh||University of Toronto|
|2010–2011||Auyon Siddiq||Dalhousie University|
|2009–2010||Vinay Kumar Mysore||McGill University|
|2008–2009||Adam Coombs||Carleton University|
|2007–2008||Nick Shkordoff||University of Toronto|
|2006–2007||Padraic Ryan||Carleton University|
|2005–2006||Jessica Prince||McGill University|
|2004–2005||Erik Eastaugh||University of Ottawa|
|2003–2004||Konrad Koncewicz||McGill University|
|2002–2003||T.J. (Tajesh) Adhihetty||Queen's Debating Union|
|2001–2002||Kevin Massie||Trent University|
|2000–2001||Ranjan K. Agarwal||University of Ottawa|
|1999–2000||Robert Silver||University of Western Ontario|
|1998–1999||Michael Shore||University of Toronto|
|1997–1998||Brent Patterson||University of Western Ontario|
|1996–1997||Casey Halladay||University of Western Ontario|
|1995–1996||Mitch Wexler||York University|
|1994–1995||Shuman Ghosemajumder||University of Western Ontario|
|1993–1994||Kathy Sturgis||University of Guelph|
|1992–1993||Gerald Butts||McGill University|
|1992-1992||Sarah Dover||University of Ottawa|
|1991–1992||Jason Brent||University of Toronto|
|1990–1991||Stephen Pitel||Dalhousie University|
|1989–1990||E. Stephen Johnson||University of Toronto|
|1988–1989||Todd Swift||Concordia University|
|1986–1988||Matthew Mendelsohn||McGill University|
|1984–1986||Paul A. Canniff||Carleton University|
|1983–1984||Bob Lawson||Royal Military College of Canada|
|1980–1983||John Robinson||Dalhousie University|
|1979–1980||Sandy Beeman||University of Ottawa|
|1978–1979||Steve Coughlan||University of Ottawa|
Member societies 
CUSID comprises over forty member societies:
CUSID tournaments are held in the Canadian Parliamentary Style of debate. This style emphasizes argumentation and rhetoric, rather than research and detailed factual knowledge. Each round consists of two teams – the government team and the opposition team – each of which consists of two debaters. Teams alternate between government and opposition at tournaments. The speaking times in CUSID Central and East are:
- Prime Minister (Constructive): 7 minutes
- Member of Opposition: 7 minutes
- Minister of the Crown: 7 minutes
- Leader of Opposition: 10 minutes
- Prime Minister (Rebuttal): 3 minutes
A new modification to the above times was introduced at the 2003 McGill University Winter Carnival Invitational called the Prime Minister's Rebuttal Extension (PMRE). The PMRE allows the government team the option to take a 6 minute PMC and 4 minute PMR and was designed to help compensate for the alleged inherent advantage to the opposition side. In most rounds, the resolution is “squirrelable”, meaning that the government team can propose any topic it wants for debate. The Prime Minister Constructive (PMC) lays out the topic for debate and presents arguments in favor of its position. The opposition team must then immediately present opposing arguments. New arguments can be presented in the first four speeches; they are prohibited in the rebuttal speeches.
"Points of Information" are generally permitted and expected in the standard Canadian Parliamentary style. With POIs, debaters may rise and attempt to ask a question of an opposing debater, who can choose whether to accept or refuse the question. It is generally considered good form to accept at least a few questions during a speech.
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- Past Executive | CUSID
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- Directory | CUSID