New legislative proposal to combat global hostage-taking

OTTAWA, ON (January 21, 2021): Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have languished as hostages in China’s brutal prisons for over two years. And this is just the most high profile recent case of innocent Canadians abroad being held against their will. Yet Canada still lacks any meaningful method to hold China, as well as non-state actors… Continue reading New legislative proposal to combat global hostage-taking

China and Iran should be accountable for their COVID-19 cover-ups: new MLI-CSRG joint publication by Sarah Teich

OTTAWA, ON (July 15, 2020): In a new MLI joint publication with the Canadian Security Research Group, titled, “Not Immune – Exploring liability of authoritarian regimes for the COVID-19 pandemic and its cover-up,”  Sarah Teich examines the full extent to which authoritarian regimes like China and Iran are legally liable for the COVID-19 disaster, and what can… Continue reading China and Iran should be accountable for their COVID-19 cover-ups: new MLI-CSRG joint publication by Sarah Teich

How Canada can start to fix its money laundering problem: New MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

OTTAWA, ON (December 19, 2019): Money laundering is finally being acknowledged as a serious and growing problem in Canada. And policy-makers are also beginning to understand that this is not victimless crime. Financial crime drives gun violence, property prices, the opioid crisis, institutional corruption, and more. So how does Canada fare when it comes to… Continue reading How Canada can start to fix its money laundering problem: New MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

Making sense of surging irregular border crossings: New MLI study

OTTAWA, ON (December 12, 2019): An increase in irregular migration has placed strain and scrutiny on Canada’s immigration and refugee system. The controversy boils down to a question: under domestic and international law, who should qualify for asylum and refugee protection?  On the one hand, Canada needs to ensure the integrity of our border and… Continue reading Making sense of surging irregular border crossings: New MLI study

Civilians and contractors can let police focus on policing: MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

OTTAWA, ON (November 21, 2019): Policing services in Canada are facing pressure both from within their ranks and from the general public. Stressed municipal budgets, increased expectations from the public, growing complexity of police services, and salary pressures are reducing their ability to conduct policing work effectively. Given these mounting pressures, what options are available… Continue reading Civilians and contractors can let police focus on policing: MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

MLI’s Second Justice Report Card: Ontario Most Improved while BC and Quebec Drop in Rankings

Click here to view MLI’s interactive Canada-wide map, detailing the latest criminal justice system grades for each province and territory. OTTAWA, ON (March 5, 2018): Canada’s criminal justice system is facing a litany of serious challenges including significant under-reporting of crime by victims, delays and inefficiencies, rising costs, and considerable over-representation of Indigenous people in prison,… Continue reading MLI’s Second Justice Report Card: Ontario Most Improved while BC and Quebec Drop in Rankings

Civilian oversight key to reforming the RCMP: MLI paper by Christian Leuprecht

Leuprecht lays out a plan for successfully implementing civilian oversight at the RCMP in a new paper for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute OTTAWA, Sept. 7, 2017 – Reform of Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, has been slow and elusive. Class-action lawsuits, questions over leadership and equipment, recruitment shortfalls, complaints about compensation, and… Continue reading Civilian oversight key to reforming the RCMP: MLI paper by Christian Leuprecht

Intrusion into policy-making divides Supreme Court justices in 2016: Supreme Court of Canada Year-in-Review by Benjamin Perrin

The Supreme Court vs. Parliament emerged as the top theme of this third annual review of the Supreme Court of Canada’s major decisions OTTAWA, Dec. 8, 2016 – A chorus of dissent is booming at the Supreme Court as increasingly vocal justices declare their opposition to their colleagues’ intrusion into Parliament’s policy-making role, the Macdonald-Laurier… Continue reading Intrusion into policy-making divides Supreme Court justices in 2016: Supreme Court of Canada Year-in-Review by Benjamin Perrin

Canada’s court system standing in the way of justice: MLI Report by Scott Newark

Companion piece to MLI’s justice system report card examines national statistics, finds Canada’s system fails to measure up OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2016 – A comprehensive new review of Canada’s criminal justice system from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is exposing an inefficient court system that is standing in the way of the proper administration of justice. The… Continue reading Canada’s court system standing in the way of justice: MLI Report by Scott Newark

MLI’s inaugural justice system report card finds criminal justice system slow, inefficient and costly

MLI offers the first-ever comprehensive assessment of Canada’s criminal justice system OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2016 – Canada is suffering from a “justice deficit” – a large and growing gap between the aspirations of the criminal justice system and its actual performance. That’s the main conclusion from MLI’s inaugural Report Card on the Criminal Justice System.… Continue reading MLI’s inaugural justice system report card finds criminal justice system slow, inefficient and costly