Macdonald Laurier Institute


Canada's only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa. MLI is rigorously independent and non-partisan, as symbolized by its name. Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier were two outstanding and long-serving former prime ministers who represent the best of Canada's distinguished political tradition. A Tory and a Grit, an English-speaker and a French-speaker, each of them championed the values that led to the creation of Canada and its emergence as one of the world's leading democracies and a place where people may live in peace and freedom under the rule of law.

Most Recent Articles by Macdonald Laurier Institute:

MLI Mourns Passing of Renowned Philanthropist Peter Munk

Mar 29, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

MLI Mourns Passing of Renowned Philanthropist Peter Munk
OTTAWA, ON  A great Canadian has passed from the scene. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) wishes to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of renowned business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Munk. Mr. Munk, who passed away Thursday, was a huge supporter and friend of MLI.

With a generous donation from Peter and Melanie Munk, MLI created the Munk Senior Fellows program in 2016, allowing the Institute to bring the best minds in Canada to bear on issues that are vital to Canadian security, prosperity and freedom.

“Peter Munk, who came to Canada as a young man from a war-ravaged Europe with only a few dollars to his name, became a distinguished Canadian with a passion for making Canada great,” said MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley. “It was a real honour for us to be able to create a program in his name that has done so much to support the best public policy thinking in this country. We hope he would be proud.”

Of course, Mr. Munk’s support for MLI was just one of many philanthropic gifts from one of Canada’s most generous patrons of public policy, and one of our most beloved national figures. He will be missed.


Budget Will Show If Federal Government Can Buck Historical Trends and Cut Spending Growth

Feb 22, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

Budget Will Show If Federal Government Can Buck Historical Trends and Cut Spending Growth
OTTAWA, ON—Tuesday’s federal budget will reveal whether the federal government’s plans to dramatically reduce the rate of spending growth over the last two years of its mandate are as unrealistic as they seem. If not, the result could be a worsening fiscal picture with high deficits and debt, writes Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer.

The government was elected on a commitment to run annual budgetary deficits of $10 billion for three years before reaching a balanced budget in 2019. Five months later the 2016 Budget showed Ottawa’s deficit would be larger and longer. MLI’s latest report, A Tale of Two Governments: How Historical Trends Cast Doubt on Federal Promises of Fiscal Restraint, analyses the government’s medium-term fiscal projections and the potential challenges to achieving its fiscal targets as we approach next week’s federal budget.


MLI To Host Canada-US-US Dinner Featuring US Congressman Sessions and US Ambassador Craft

Feb 6, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

MLI To Host Canada-US- Dinner Featuring US Congressman  Sessions and US Ambassador Craft
OTTAWA, ON: The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is hosting the premier event of 2018 on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Canadian War Museum, bringing the best and brightest from both sides of the border to chart a course forward for the future of Canada-US relations.

There is currently no more important issue facing Canada than the future of its relationship with its southern neighbour, ally and largest trading partner, the United States. Canadians are faced with a confounding lack of information and insight into what is driving the thinking of the American political leadership and public opinion.


Canadian Courts are Correcting Course on Intellectual Property Issues

Feb 1, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

Canadian Courts are Correcting Course on Intellectual Property Issues
OTTAWA, ON--  Canadian courts, in particular the Supreme Court of Canada, have in recent years issued intellectual property (IP) judgments that were problematic, even erroneous, Munk Senior Fellow Richard Owens said today. This has led some observers to claim that there is a trend to the courts favouring users’ rights over creators’ rights.

These problematic decisions have had serious consequences, including invalidating patents on important drugs, and encouraging widespread copying of educational publications. They have suppressed innovation and removed billions of dollars from Canada’s economy. But, as Owens’ latest MLI paper makes clear, a series of more recent decisions has reaffirmed the courts’ proper, strong defence for IP rights. The paper, released today and titled “Straightened Up and Flying Right: Canadian Courts Offer Renewed Support of IP Rights,” is about the process of error and correction that we have seen in recent years.