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Alberta Debate and
Speech Association
In order to facilitate growth and development for debate and speech members, the ADSA makes available a variety of resources designed to educate and train students.

Select from the categories below, or check out the upcoming competitions on the Schedule page.
ADSA-Specific Resources
Research Packages 

Each year, the ADSA produces at least three research packages which are designed as self-teaching instruments for debate. Below are this year's resolutions and packages.

The style for debate at both Junior and Senior High levels will be Canadian National Style, with all resolutions using the prefix of "This House" as opposed to "Be It Resolved".

  1. Topic 1 -  (JH):  THBT children under the age of 18 should be prevented from competing in combat sports. (e.g.: MMA, Boxing, etc.)    
  2. Topic 2 (HS): THBT Energy security is a legitimate reason for military action     
  3. Topic 3 (For Regionals and Provincials only) :     This House Supports Slum Tourism


This topic will be debated as the prepared topic at the Caglary, Sir Winston Churchill annual competition.


This topic will be debated as the prepared topic at the Edmonton, Sir Winston Churchill annual competition. 

Debate Topics 2017 - 2018
L’Association de Débat et d’Elocution de l’Alberta s’est engagée à promouvoir le débat bilingue. 
Tous les ans, nous tentons de fournir des tournois réguliers, avec un programme bilingue régional et provincial. Chaque année, nous traduisons notre paquet de thèmes de recherches numéro 3.

Nous participons également à un séminaire national annuel parrainé par la Fédération canadienne des Débats d’étudiants ( ). Ce séminaire est le seul événement bilingue de locution au Canada. Une partie du séminaire implique le passage d'une langue à l'autre au cours des débats et des discours afin de respecter les deux langues officielles du Canada.

Si vous voulez accueillir un concours de débats bilingue, ou souhaitez développer un programme de débat bilingue dans votre école, vous pouvez nous contacter à l’adresse électronique : contact[at]

Past Debate Topic Research Packages

2016 - 2017 

2015 - 2016

2014 - 2015

2011 - 2012

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013

2010 - 2011

2009 - 2010

2008 - 2009

1. BIRT We should Legalise the Sale of Human Organs (JH)
2. THW Legalise the Sale of Human Organs (SH)
3. BIRT No Country has the Right to Possess Nuclear Weapons
4. THBT No Country has the Right to Possess Nuclear Weapons
5. BIRT Canada’s Military should Remain in Afghanistan Beyond 2011
6. THBT NATO’s Military should Remain in Afghanistan Beyond 2011
1. Farmers should be given a fuel tax rebate for fuel used in farming operations.
2. This House Supports the actions of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer on April 13, 1919 in Amritsar
3. THBT terrorism can be justified
4. BIRT terrorism can be justified
5. THBT globalization benefits "developing" or "non-industrialized" countries
6. This House believes that we should Ban extremist Political Parties

2007 - 2008

2006 - 2007

1. BIRT Canada should increase its reliance on nuclear energy

2. BIRT the 2009 Canadian commitment in Afghanistan be extended.

3. BIRT free trade has benefitted the developing world. (French)

4. BIRT free trade has been beneficial to Canada. (French)
1. BIRT Canada should remove health benefits for those who choose an unhealthy lifestyle.

2. BIRT Transnational companies be required to abide by Western human rights and environmental guidelines.

3. BIRT Internet companies should boycott China until it allows its citizens unrestricted access to the Web.

4. BIRT The use of force be supported to impose democracy.