Between now and Dec. 20, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is offering a pre-Christmas special on three premier events in Ottawa scheduled for early 2014: Our Annual Flag Day Soirée on February 12 at the Rideau Club, and two Great Canadian Debates, February 27 and March 27 at the Canadian War Museum. Our Soirée brings together parliamentarians, political watchers, public servants and other Ottawa luminaries to celebrate great Canadian prime ministers in the tradition of Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The February debate features the resolution: “Muslim immigration is no threat to Canada or the West” with Globe columnist Doug Saunders arguing for and Western professor Salim Mansur arguing against. The March debate features the resolution: “Free speech in Canadian Universities is an endangered species” with Post columnist Barbara Kay arguing for, and York professor Daniel Drache against. Click here to register for all three.