The Château Laurier could be one of the best hotels in the world. But not this way: Alastair Gillespie in the Ottawa Citizen

The expansion to the Château Laurier can and must still be stopped – and better ideas explored toward a new premier hotel for the next century, writes Alastair Gillespie. By Alastair Gillespie, July 16, 2019 In the wake of Ottawa Council’s refusal to block the controversial modernist expansion of the Château Laurier, the community has been left… Continue reading The Château Laurier could be one of the best hotels in the world. But not this way: Alastair Gillespie in the Ottawa Citizen

Two Speeches from the Throne, 1866 House of Assembly, Fredericton, New Brunswick First Session, 8 March, 1866

[Ed. After Tilley was thrown out of office in the ill-fated election of 1865, public opinion on Confederation in New Brunswick turned a corner, and in 1866 Tilley was returned to power. Two Speeches from the Throne delivered that year are reproduced below – one by the Anti-Confederation government of Albert Smith, the second by… Continue reading Two Speeches from the Throne, 1866 House of Assembly, Fredericton, New Brunswick First Session, 8 March, 1866

If not for Tupper, Canada would have been scuppered: Alastair Gillespie in The Chronicle Herald

This Canada Day, Canadians should thank Charles Tupper, who, on the first anniversary of Confederation, was fighting to keep Nova Scotia in Canada against a populist uprising, writes Alastair Gillespie. By Alastair Gillespie, July 1, 2018 Charles Tupper’s leadership teaches lessons about the tension between political leadership and the popular will — a perennial issue… Continue reading If not for Tupper, Canada would have been scuppered: Alastair Gillespie in The Chronicle Herald

On Canada Day, celebrate the spirit of dominion: Alastair Gillespie in Maclean’s

Decades ago, Canada Day was named Dominion Day—and it’s a moment to recommit to the justice-seeking spirit of its former name, writes Alastair Gillespie. By Alastair Gillespie, June 30, 2018 In 1982, Dominion Day officially slipped into history, when an almost empty parliament acknowledged a change that was already in common parlance: that the first of July… Continue reading On Canada Day, celebrate the spirit of dominion: Alastair Gillespie in Maclean’s

The Confederation Series: Straight Talk with Alastair Gillespie

OTTAWA, ON (Dec. 22, 2017): For the latest edition of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Straight Talk Q & As, MLI spoke with Alastair Gillespie, Munk Senior Fellow and author of MLI’s Confederation Series. A London, UK-based capital markets lawyer, Alastair recently received a Senate 150 medal for his work with MLI and the Confederation Series. As… Continue reading The Confederation Series: Straight Talk with Alastair Gillespie

Canada 150 offers an ideal towards which nations around the world should strive: Alastair Gillespie in the National Post

Alastair Gillespie, the author of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Confederation Series, argues that Canada 150 should be a celebration of Canada’s success in building a modern nation that protects diversity. By Alastair Gillespie, June 26, 2017 Canada’s early leaders faced a startlingly modern question: how does a country summon a sense of belonging and establish lasting… Continue reading Canada 150 offers an ideal towards which nations around the world should strive: Alastair Gillespie in the National Post

John A. Macdonald: The Indispensable Politician: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

This entry in the Confederation Series shows John A. Macdonald as the indispensable politician who brought allies and enemies alike to establish Confederation. OTTAWA, June 22, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to showcase the fifth paper of its Confederation Series, written by Munk Senior Fellow Alastair Gillespie. This paper is introduced by Peter MacKay, the final… Continue reading John A. Macdonald: The Indispensable Politician: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

Thomas D’Arcy McGee: The Idealist: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

Latest entry in the Confederation Series shows Thomas D’Arcy McGee was an advocate for the federal union of British North America, a defender of minority rights within Confederation, and an ardent opponent of religious and national sectarianism OTTAWA, June 8, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to showcase the fourth paper of its Confederation Series,… Continue reading Thomas D’Arcy McGee: The Idealist: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

Alexander Galt: The Federalist: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

MLI paper explores the role of Alexander Galt in the establishment of Confederation OTTAWA, April 19, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to showcase the third paper of its Confederation Series, written by Munk Senior Fellow Alastair Gillespie. With an introduction by former Prime Minister Paul Martin, this paper examines Alexander Galt’s role in… Continue reading Alexander Galt: The Federalist: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

George-Étienne Cartier: The Canadian: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie

MLI paper explores the role of George-Étienne Cartier in the establishment of Confederation OTTAWA, March 7, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to showcase the second paper of its Confederation Series, authored by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Alastair Gillespie. This paper offers an important look at George-Étienne Cartier’s role in the birth of Confederation.… Continue reading George-Étienne Cartier: The Canadian: MLI Paper by Alastair Gillespie