Macdonald, Pearson celebrated by Moore and Cotler at MLI Soirée: Photos and video

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute held its 4th annual Soirée on the evening of Feb. 12 with a full house of parliamentarians, public servants, policy makers, journalists, entrepreneurs and other members of Ottawa’s political circles. The evening was highlighted by inspiring speeches about Canada’s great Prime Ministers by Industry Minister James Moore and former Justice Minister Irwin… Continue reading Macdonald, Pearson celebrated by Moore and Cotler at MLI Soirée: Photos and video

Video: Calgary gala celebrates Canada-U.S. free trade

On Nov. 21 in Calgary, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute hosted a gala dinner in celebration of the 1988 free-trade election that ratified the Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement. In an entertaining exchange moderated by Calgary Herald editorial pages editor Licia Corbella, key negotiators Derek Burney and James Baker III reminisced about the negotiations and reflected on the legacy… Continue reading Video: Calgary gala celebrates Canada-U.S. free trade

MLI Report: Arresting the runaway costs of police services

Prof. Christian Leuprecht shows why the escalation in budgets is unsustainable, and refocuses debate to the way police services are delivered and administered OTTAWA, March 31, 2014 –  More police and firefighters appear on Ontario’s annual Sunshine List of public employees making more than $100,000 than any other profession. Of the 96,500 Ontario provincial employees… Continue reading MLI Report: Arresting the runaway costs of police services

MLI launches new app and mobile site

Institute broadens its reach to policy makers and opinion leaders by delivering a full range of content across mobile platforms  Ottawa, February 12, 2014 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute today announced the release of its new iPhone application and mobile optimized website, a major step in its efforts to engage opinion leaders, policy makers and the public on… Continue reading MLI launches new app and mobile site

MLI report: Munir Sheikh finds tax expenditures dramatically increase size of government

Former Chief Statistician of Canada shows federal government 50% larger than traditional estimates, calls for greater transparency  Ottawa, February 6, 2014 – There are few more fundamental questions for policy makers than how big government is, and few that are more misunderstood. Much of government’s impact is hidden, due to the increasing popularity of tax… Continue reading MLI report: Munir Sheikh finds tax expenditures dramatically increase size of government

MLI paper: Benjamin Perrin on how to fix Canada’s prostitution laws

Author examines what works and what doesn’t internationally, and offers a plan for Canada to amend its laws following Supreme Court decision Ottawa, January 27, 2014 – Canada’s Parliament has only one year to amend its laws surrounding prostitution after the Supreme Court found on Dec. 20, 2013, that they infringe on Canada’s Charter of Rights and… Continue reading MLI paper: Benjamin Perrin on how to fix Canada’s prostitution laws

MLI report: How markets can put patients first

Author Audrey Laporte debunks common assumptions that economic theory does not apply to the delivery of medical care OTTAWA, January 15, 2014 – What would a health care system look like if we took economics seriously? Hint: Not much like Canadian medicare. Nor would it look much like the US system. In a major new paper… Continue reading MLI report: How markets can put patients first

New MLI paper: A European flavour for medicare

Authors reveal Canada fares poorly compared to other nations and find ideas for reform in Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.  OTTAWA, November 22, 2013 – Most advanced nations share the goal of universal health coverage, but all use different policies to achieve this. Canada is near one end of the spectrum, with heavy government involvement in… Continue reading New MLI paper: A European flavour for medicare

The 2013-14 debating season is here

    THE EVENT The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to announce The Great Canadian Debates, a series of four provocative debates exploring some of the most compelling issues to Canadians. Each debate will be presented at the Canadian War Museum and will feature well-known personalities and new moderator Hon. Peter Milliken. Audience members are invited to get involved by posing questions during a Q&A session and voting for the winning argument.… Continue reading The 2013-14 debating season is here