Former MP Deborah Grey speaks at TWU on “Power, Parliament and Preston Manning,”

Trinity Western University is pleased to announce that the 11th Annual Mel Smith Lecture will feature former Member of Parliament Deborah Grey.

In her lecture, Power, Parliament and Preston Manning: My Life as a Reformer, Grey will talk about her history-making career and give her take on Parliament and power from the inside out, and share her insights about Preston Manning after working closely with him for many years.

Grey, an alum of TWU and dubbed, "The First Lady of Reform," began her history-making political career by winning a by-election in Beaver River, Alberta, Canada on March 13, 1989. She became the Reform Party's first-ever Member of Parliament, and sat as its sole MP for four and a half years. Known for her clear, passionate and humourous communication, Grey has earned the reputation as one of Canada's most effective parliamentarians. Her media presence and parliamentary debating skills have garnered her national respect over her 15 years of public service.

The annual Mel Smith Lecture fosters a Western Canadian contribution to significant public policy issues. The lecture is open to the public, and those concerned about democracy and our governing institutions are encouraged to participate. The question of leadership is timely and the lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

During the event, the recipient of the 2009/2010 Mel Smith Scholarship will be announced. This scholarship is awarded to a TWU student of exceptional academic ability, majoring in Canadian history or political science. Admission is free, and a reception will follow.

The Mel Smith Special Collection-chronicling federal-provincial relations during the crucial period 1967 to 1992-is housed in TWU's archives and includes a comprehensive set of professional and personal constitutional papers. The collection provides a unique, B.C. perspective on Canadian constitutional issues, and is available to students and researchers from all institutions,

Event at a Glance
What: Annual Mel Smith Lecture featuring Deborah Grey.
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Northwest Building Auditorium, Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road, Langley, B.C.
Contact: Wendy Lees Tel: 604.513.2033, Email

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 41undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 17 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2009-02-23
Author: Erin Mussolum