VIDEO: Ottawa subsidizing risky provincial borrowing

New MLI video shows that Euro-style debt crises can happen here if status quo continues MEDIA RELEASE OTTAWA, May 23, 2013 – Canadian taxpayers should not get too complacent about the country’s economic outlook, warns a new video by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.  Despite strong national fundamentals, many of Canada’s provinces are borrowing more than they… Continue reading VIDEO: Ottawa subsidizing risky provincial borrowing

Video and photos: Barbara Kay and Daniel Drache debate free speech on campus

The latest instalment of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Great Canadian Debates series took place on March 27 at the Canadian War Museum in front of a large and engaged audience. The resolution, “Free speech in Canadian universities is an endangered species”, was debated by National Post columnist Barbara Kay and York University professor Daniel Drache. Click… Continue reading Video and photos: Barbara Kay and Daniel Drache debate free speech on campus

Perrin in the Globe: National inquiry not the best response to RCMP report on Aboriginal women

Writing in the Globe and Mail, MLI Senior Fellow Benjamin Perrin says calls for a national inquiry would create “the quickest route to the slowest response” to a recent RCMP report on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Instead Perrin calls for a renewed focus on prevention efforts from local police forces and the federal, provincial… Continue reading Perrin in the Globe: National inquiry not the best response to RCMP report on Aboriginal women

Saunders and Mansur debate Muslim Immigration

On February 27, 2014, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute organized a debate on the resolution “Muslim immigration is no threat to Canada or the West” between Doug Saunders arguing for this statement and Salim Mansur arguing against it. If you missed this debate from our Great Canadian Debate Series, you can read the synopsis from the Globe… Continue reading Saunders and Mansur debate Muslim Immigration

Crowley in Postmedia papers: Don’t sacrifice truth to achieve peace

Writing in Postmedia papers, MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley points out how different approaches to the peace process have forged distinct results in two areas of the world emerging from troubled histories. Crowley argues that the approach to healing in South Africa, which recently marked 20 years since the end of whites oppressing the… Continue reading Crowley in Postmedia papers: Don’t sacrifice truth to achieve peace

Newsletter Vol. V No. 5 (May 2, 2014)

Catch up on all things MLI with our latest newsletter. Highlights of this edition include a new paper by MLI board member Lincoln Caylor and his colleague at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto, Gannon G. Beaulne. The paper is intended to bring perspective to the rather one-sided public debate on the issue of mandatory minimum… Continue reading Newsletter Vol. V No. 5 (May 2, 2014)

Crowley in the Globe: Where does one apply for a ‘social licence’?

Writing in the Globe and Mail, MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley questions the frequently cited requirement for companies to have a “social licence” to operate. He writes that the term is either “meaningless or a polite term for mob rule”. Crowley explains that while there no forms to fill out for such a licence… Continue reading Crowley in the Globe: Where does one apply for a ‘social licence’?

MLI Commentary: It’s time to end the neglect of Canada’s ‘provincial Norths’

Macdonald-Laurier Institute senior fellow Ken Coates and Prof. Greg Poelzer draw attention to a vast region of the country that has been politically marginalized OTTAWA, April 24, 2014 – Spare a thought for the “provincial Norths”. An enormous region of this country is politically marginalized, with social and economic problems unheard of in southern Canada,… Continue reading MLI Commentary: It’s time to end the neglect of Canada’s ‘provincial Norths’

Crowley in the Globe: How Canada adds value to its resources

Writing in the Globe and Mail, MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley explains that while Canada is blessed with resource wealth, that alone is not what makes it such a wealthy country. Many jurisdictions that have abundant natural resources are poor or troubled, while some of the world’s wealthiest societies “have no natural resources to… Continue reading Crowley in the Globe: How Canada adds value to its resources

Stanley Hartt in the Post: Canada’s real role in the Middle East

In an op-ed in the National Post, Stanley H. Hartt argues that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s close relationship with Israel will give Canada more influence in the peace process with the Palestinians, not less. While many see Canada’s role as one of “honest broker”, Hartt says that it is right to support a fellow democracy… Continue reading Stanley Hartt in the Post: Canada’s real role in the Middle East