IQ2 Debate

Do we need biotechnology to feed 9 billion people?

We debate the topic in the Oxford style, with Rex Murphy moderating the proceedings.

What’s an Oxford Style debate?

Oxford Style debates follow a formal structure which begins with audience members casting a pre-debate vote on the motion that is either for, against or undecided.  Following each side presenting their arguments, and the answering of questions from the audience, the vote on the question is called again.

A winner is declared in an Oxford-Style debate either by the majority or by which team has swayed more audience members between the two votes.

Livestreaming for the debate  provided courtesy of the Western Producer and Glacier FarmMedia. Visit to be part of the conversation.

About Rex Murphy


Rex Murphy – Speaker, Author and Political Commentator, CBC Canada

He is one of the faces of Canada, radiating intelligence and trustworthiness. His mind is as sharp as the Rockies. National treasurers need no introduction, and so it is with Rex Murphy, writer, broadcaster and professional thinker.

He knows what makes Canadians tick, and what drives our political and social affairs. He makes us important, reminds us we have culture beyond hockey. His thought-provoking, sometimes stinging commentary and original insights are delivered through a vocabulary to make Webster’s consider updating.

Canadian’s are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he acted as the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions.

He calls himself a Newfoundlander biting at the heels of Canadian conservatism.

Murphy, a Rhodes Scholar, was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University and, in 1968 went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?

Certainly, as a speaker, he’s quality. He’s profound. Oh, and entertainer Murphy can spin a funny yarn with a touch of his delicious “Rex appeal.”