What is a debate?

A debate is an organized argument between two teams, which follows a set of rules and time limits.

Debate centers on the discussion of two sides of a RESOLUTION.

The resolution will usually be introduced in one of two ways:

  • Be It Resolved That: Canada develop a nuclear weapons program.


  • This House supports Canada’s development of a nuclear weapons program.

While the names may change depending on style:

  • An AFFIRMATIVE supports the resolution – they argue for proposed idea.
  • A NEGATIVE side argues against the resolution – for anything but the proposed idea.


The Atlantic Debate Conference has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Spring of 2019.