Canada should remain in the arms business, but tighten the rules: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (May 14, 2021):  Recent calls to limit Canada’s defence exports ignore important realities, including the major contribution our domestic arms industry makes to our defence and national security, to innovation and to jobs and the economy. In 2018, the Canadian defence industry contributed over $7 billion in GDP and generated almost 64,000 jobs… Continue reading Canada should remain in the arms business, but tighten the rules: New MLI Commentary

Protecting Innocents in Combat: New proposed legislation to deter the use of human shields

OTTAWA, ON (May 13, 2021): Even as Hamas launches attacks at civilian targets, the Iran-backed terror organization hides its assets and operations amidst civilians to complicate the response from Israel. While using human shields is universally understood to be a war crime, the tactic has long been employed with impunity by terror groups, rogue nations… Continue reading Protecting Innocents in Combat: New proposed legislation to deter the use of human shields

MLI Congratulates President Tsai Ing-wen and the Halifax International Security Forum

OTTAWA, ON (May 4, 2021): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute extends its congratulations to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen for being awarded the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service by the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX). As HFX president Peter Van Praagh rightly noted, President Tsai is “an inspiration and example to freedom-loving people everywhere,” specifically citing… Continue reading MLI Congratulates President Tsai Ing-wen and the Halifax International Security Forum

Why the oil sands aren’t going anywhere and how investment and production benefit Canada

OTTAWA, ON (April 29, 2021): While blue-collar work is being devastated in much of the rest of the Western world, Canada’s natural resource sector continues to be a pillar of stability and opportunity in the economy. In particular, with its high paying jobs in Canadian-owned businesses, the oil sands offer a stable, reliable, and growing… Continue reading Why the oil sands aren’t going anywhere and how investment and production benefit Canada

Too many Canadians are dying; policymakers know too little and rely too much on crude lockdowns: MLI COVID Misery Index Update

OTTAWA, ON (April 21, 2021): Deaths from all causes remain the biggest area of concern for Canada, COVID variants are deepening the virus’s impact on the population and we are too reliant on crude lockdown measures in our pandemic response. Additionally, Canadian policy makers are having to make vital decisions based on far less timely… Continue reading Too many Canadians are dying; policymakers know too little and rely too much on crude lockdowns: MLI COVID Misery Index Update

MLI experts available to comment on federal budget

OTTAWA, ON (April 19, 2021): With the federal government poised to unveil its first budget in over two years, Canadians will be watching closely as Ottawa reveals its plan for a post-pandemic recovery.  Experts from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute are available to comment on this historic budget. The following experts are available to comment: Jack Mintz… Continue reading MLI experts available to comment on federal budget

How Canada and its Allies Can Partner on an Indo-Pacific Strategy: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (April 16, 2021): Infrastructure development is sorely needed in the Indo-Pacific region to sustain growth among large and mid-sized economies alike. The Asian Development Bank estimates that more than US$25 trillion will be needed by 2030. The region also continues to evolve when it comes to trade and the importance of supply chains.… Continue reading How Canada and its Allies Can Partner on an Indo-Pacific Strategy: New MLI Commentary

A Way Forward, Part II: Defending human rights in China

OTTAWA, ON (April 15, 2021): The world is waking up to the nature of a crony capitalist enterprise operating as a government in charge of 1.3 billion Chinese people. But it has been an uphill challenge for defenders of human rights. The Chinese Communist Party has been successful in co-opting many of the political and… Continue reading A Way Forward, Part II: Defending human rights in China

Canada’s Disease Misery climbs rapidly in recent weeks, more trouble ahead: MLI COVID Misery Index update

OTTAWA, ON (April 14, 2021): “Excess deaths” (death rates above the norm) from non-COVID causes are a major explanation for Canada’s poor pandemic performance compared to other advanced countries. That is one of the key conclusions of today’s weekly update of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s COVID Misery Index. Doctors are warning that Canada’s COVID response has led to a decline… Continue reading Canada’s Disease Misery climbs rapidly in recent weeks, more trouble ahead: MLI COVID Misery Index update

Mariam Memarsadeghi joins MLI as newest Senior Fellow

OTTAWA, ON (April 12, 2021): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to announce its newest Senior Fellow, Mariam Memarsadeghi, who will examine the new techniques of authoritarianism with a particular focus on Iran. Memarsadeghi will draw parallels to Russia, China, and other contexts to understand how Iran learns from, evolves alongside, and mutually supports other authoritarian… Continue reading Mariam Memarsadeghi joins MLI as newest Senior Fellow