The Government’s Responsibilities

  • Government has the burden of proof; they must show cause.
  • The Prime Minister will define the terms of the resolution.

*If this is not done then the Opposition may define the debate as it sees fit.*

  • If this is a policy debate (a law), then a plan should be presented. This must be at least outlined by the PM.
  • The Opposition may contest a definition, attempting to alter or add to it.- This will be done at the beginning of the Opposition’s first constructive speech.
  • The Speaker will choose the definition. The Speaker’s choice is final. It must be accepted and used by debaters and, alas, by judges.
The Atlantic Debate Conference has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Spring of 2019.