New First Nations Governance Trends Complicate Resource Agreements: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy

As First Nations increasingly adopt custom governance structures outside the Indian Act, they will have to clarify who speaks for the community when negotiating resource deals, and governments and companies will need to become more conversant with these new systems, writes Joseph Quesnel. By Joseph Quesnel, January 11, 2019 Internal governance disputes within a First… Continue reading New First Nations Governance Trends Complicate Resource Agreements: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy

Ep. 19 – The Resource Economy and Indigenous Rights with Ken Coates and Dwight Newman

In this episode of Pod Bless Canada, Ken Coates is joined by MLI Senior Fellow Dwight Newman to discuss the current state of affairs in Canada with respect to Indigenous rights in law, recent court cases, and what this all means for the resource economy. Their discussion traces watershed events in Canadian legal history to… Continue reading Ep. 19 – The Resource Economy and Indigenous Rights with Ken Coates and Dwight Newman

Why Trudeau spent $4.5 billion to nationalize an oil pipeline: Crowley in the Washington Examiner

It appears the only way a major pipeline project in Canada can get built is if the federal government buys the project as it did when it spent $4.5 billion Canadian to buy the Trans Mountain project, writes Brian Lee Crowley in the Washington Examiner.  By Brian Lee Crowley, June 12, 2018 According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, the… Continue reading Why Trudeau spent $4.5 billion to nationalize an oil pipeline: Crowley in the Washington Examiner

Paul Cassidy to discuss social licence at Halifax event

Macdonald-Laurier Institute author Paul Cassidy will discuss the nefarious offshoots of the social licence phenomenon at a talk in Halifax on March 30. The Canadian Law Energy Foundation will present Cassidy’s talk on “Social licence: The rule of law transgressed”. The event takes place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5 p.m. in Room 105… Continue reading Paul Cassidy to discuss social licence at Halifax event

Ottawa needs to protect environmental assessment from the zealots’ smears: Brian Lee Crowley and Doug Black in Sun papers

The recent disruption of hearings into the Energy East pipeline in Montreal are an affront to the rule of law and the will of the democratic majority, write Brian Lee Crowley and Senator Doug Black in the Sun chain of newspapers. Ottawa must therefore stand up for the integrity and credibility of the National Energy Board… Continue reading Ottawa needs to protect environmental assessment from the zealots’ smears: Brian Lee Crowley and Doug Black in Sun papers

“Social Licence”: The Rule of Law Transgressed: Paul Cassidy, Monika Sawicka and Leah Whitworth in Inside Policy

While it has become popular with politicians, the concept of requiring ‘social licence’ for resource projects is entirely at odds with the rule of law. By Paul Cassidy, Monika Sawicka and Leah Whitworth, Aug. 31, 2016 INTRODUCTION As protests mount against proposed resource projects across the country, it has become clear that some Canadians simply… Continue reading “Social Licence”: The Rule of Law Transgressed: Paul Cassidy, Monika Sawicka and Leah Whitworth in Inside Policy

Brian Lee Crowley brings straight talk on “social licence” to British Columbia

How do you get approval from local communities for natural resource development without subverting the rule of law? That was a question at the heart of a series of talks given recently by Brian Lee Crowley, the managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, in northern British Columbia. Of particular interest was the concept of social… Continue reading Brian Lee Crowley brings straight talk on “social licence” to British Columbia

Crowley speaks to CBC in Vancouver on social licence

Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley spoke to the CBC in Vancouver this week in support of some talks on the issue of social licence. Crowley told the program there are two kinds of social licence: that which is used to ensure broad democratic support for given natural resource projects and that which a… Continue reading Crowley speaks to CBC in Vancouver on social licence

Crowley to speak on social licence at UBC event

Macdonald-Laurier Institute Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley will be speaking at the University of British Columbia on Jan. 15 on the growing issue of social licence. Crowley, whom the school describes as “Canada’s leading commentator on social licence”, will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. The debate around social… Continue reading Crowley to speak on social licence at UBC event