Budget 2016 a first step into fiscal quicksand: MLI Commentary by Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer

From A Mandate For Change To A Plan To Govern series wraps up with a look at Budget 2016 OTTAWA, March 24, 2016 – A return to long-term deficit spending is casting a long shadow over some of the positives in the new federal government’s first budget, says a new commentary from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.… Continue reading Budget 2016 a first step into fiscal quicksand: MLI Commentary by Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer

Building a new Aboriginal opportunities agenda: Commentary by Ken Coates and Sean Speer

MLI Senior Fellows say the solution to fostering progress for Aboriginal Canada lies in less government – not more OTTAWA, March 16, 2016 – The path to reconciliation for Aboriginal Canadians does not meander through the corridors of a government office in Ottawa. If there is to be progress for Aboriginal Canada, it must be… Continue reading Building a new Aboriginal opportunities agenda: Commentary by Ken Coates and Sean Speer

Seizing the moment on Canada-US relations: MLI Commentary by Laura Dawson and Sean Speer

Paper published in conjunction with the Canada Institute offers a plan for ensuring success on key bilateral issues from the Trudeau-Obama honeymoon to the long term OTTAWA, March 8, 2016 – This week’s state dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is an ideal opportunity to advance the economic interests of citizens in Canada and… Continue reading Seizing the moment on Canada-US relations: MLI Commentary by Laura Dawson and Sean Speer

Turning the channel on failed telecommunications policy: MLI analysis by Paul Beaudry and Sean Speer

Canada’s new government has an opportunity to support private investment in infrastructure critical to entrepreneurship and innovation OTTAWA, March 3, 2016 – It’s time for Ottawa to halt years of government meddling and micromanagement in Canada’s telecommunications sector. Instead, says a new Macdonald-Laurier Institute analysis, it should build policies set the conditions for private investment… Continue reading Turning the channel on failed telecommunications policy: MLI analysis by Paul Beaudry and Sean Speer

Ottawa’s plunge into deficits needs an exit strategy: MLI Commentary by Ian Lee and Sean Speer

Ian Lee and Sean Speer lay out a plan for ensuring Ottawa’s short-term deficit plan doesn’t slide off the rails OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2016 – That Canada’s newly-elected government has a mandate to plunge our national finances into deficit is beyond dispute, they were quite clear about their intentions to run modest deficits for a… Continue reading Ottawa’s plunge into deficits needs an exit strategy: MLI Commentary by Ian Lee and Sean Speer

Defending freedoms by countering terrorism: MLI paper by Christian Leuprecht and Sean Speer

Authors’ analysis places C-51 in the context of Canada’s evolving response to terrorist threats, and offers recommendations to keep Canadians safe and our freedoms intact OTTAWA, Feb. 18, 2016 – Canada’s new government should be applauded for moving quickly, since its election last October, to develop a plan for protecting Canadians from domestic terrorism. It… Continue reading Defending freedoms by countering terrorism: MLI paper by Christian Leuprecht and Sean Speer

Making Canada resourceful on energy resources: MLI Commentary by Ken Coates and Sean Speer

  Macdonald-Laurier Institute Senior Fellows write that a sound federal policy on pipelines would defend the national interest, avoid uncertainty in the regulatory process, and engage Aboriginal peoples OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2016 – Of all the issues facing Canada’s newly-elected Liberal government, few present more pitfalls than energy resource development. As the prime minister has… Continue reading Making Canada resourceful on energy resources: MLI Commentary by Ken Coates and Sean Speer

A reasoned approach to fighting climate change: MLI paper by Sean Speer and Douglas Auld

Authors present ideas for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a way that leverages new technology, mitigates the economic damage to low income earners and disproportionately affected industries, and avoids throwing money at costly ‘green’ initiatives. OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2016 – Canada’s new federal government has rightly identified combating climate change as a priority. Now the… Continue reading A reasoned approach to fighting climate change: MLI paper by Sean Speer and Douglas Auld

Building a Canadian defence policy for a dangerous world: MLI Commentary by Sean Speer and James Cox

What steps can the federal government take to craft a strong, robust, long-term defence policy? OTTAWA, Jan. 29, 2016 – Canada exists in a dangerous world. Russian adventurism is threatening democratic governments in eastern Europe. ISIS is terrorizing Iraq and Syria. New threat such as cyber terrorism are emerging. The need for a robust defence… Continue reading Building a Canadian defence policy for a dangerous world: MLI Commentary by Sean Speer and James Cox

Getting it right on infrastructure spending: Commentary by Sean Speer and Brian Flemming

MLI commentary lays out a smarter and better infrastructure spending plan OTTAWA, Jan. 21, 2016 –  Infusing an extra $60 billion into provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure is no easy task. That’s why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he wants to “do this right” when it comes to setting out the federal government’s long-term, strategic… Continue reading Getting it right on infrastructure spending: Commentary by Sean Speer and Brian Flemming