Discourse Online is an independent journal for individuals who value the power of ideas and seek opportunities to exchange opinions in the public square.



Discourse Online has been launched as an independent journal for individuals who value the power of ideas, freedom of expression, individual and religious liberty, the rule of law, free enterprise and the advancement of learning. The editor and contributors are committed to these principles, believing that their survival – and the survival of nations based on them – offers us the best hope for peace, order and general well-being.

The inspiration for the development of Discourse Online is rooted in the founding purposes of Montreal’s St. Lawrence Institute. The SLI was co-founded in 1980 by the late Professor Yarema (Gerry) Kelebay of McGill University and William (Bill) Brooks who taught history, economics and political science at Lower Canada College.

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St. Lawrence Institute Founders William Brooks (left) and Yarema Kelebay (right) c.1980.

The Institute aimed to promote public debate, in the highest sense of the term, and to counter misinformation and manipulation of public opinion in culture, politics and education. Executive members and supporters of the St. Lawrence Institute were particularly active in public affairs, journalism and education over the final decades of the 20th century.