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:

It’s no wonder no one wants to invest in Canada’s resources

Feb 24, 2019 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

It's no wonder no one wants to invest in Canada's resourcesOTTAWA, ON (February 22, 2019): While the modern Canadian economy is largely diversified, the natural resource sector still plays an incredibly important role when it comes to creating economic opportunity and prosperity. So, why can’t Canada seem to get resource development right?

In the latest MLI commentary, long-time Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson addresses the “Uncertainty and Confusion in Canada’s Natural Resource Development.” It is a powerful indictment.


DEFICIT DEBATE CLOUDING THE BIG PICTURE ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING:

Feb 14, 2019 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

OTTAWA, ON (February 14, 2019):  A recent series of speeches, articles, and debates is provoking big questions about deficits and debt. Do they matter? Should we care? Has the past political emphasis on balancing the budget been misguided?

A new commentary paper by MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer titled Deficits, Debt, and the Right Path for Fiscal Policy: A Framework for Smaller Government aims to answer these questions as we approach the upcoming federal budget.


CANADIAN ECONOMY STARTS TO SLIP: MLI’S LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATOR

Dec 4, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

CANADIAN ECONOMY STARTS TO SLIP: MLI’S LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATOR
OTTAWA, ON (December 4, 2018): After sending weak and sluggish signals for the better part of 2018, Canada’s economy has tipped into decline as the year draws to a close.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator (LEI), a tool designed to predict changes in the Canadian business cycle, dipped by 0.1 percent in October. This represents the first decline recorded by the index since January 2016.


Government efforts have failed to Stimulate the Economy

Sep 13, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

Government efforts have failed to Stimulate the Economy
OTTAWA, ON  With persistent uncertainty plaguing business investment and consumer confidence, economic growth in Canada has been sputtering. Now, to make matters worse, the federal government is facing new economic challenges including faltering infrastructure spending, ongoing NAFTA disputes with the US, and the court ruling which has blocked the Trans Mountain Pipeline.


CANADA POISED FOR A SLUGGISH END TO 2018: MLI’S LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATOR

Sep 11, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

Leading Economic Indicator
OTTAWA, ON—The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator (LEI), a tool designed to predict changes in the Canadian business cycle, increased by 0.1 percent in July. This represents a continuation of the slow growth that it has posted over the last four months.

While six of the ten components of the LEI underwent relatively marginal changes, the overall weakness in the index was primarily driven by declines in the housing and consumer confidence components.


Canada’s Economy to Continue Experiencing Slow Growth in 2018

Aug 10, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

Leading Economic Indicator
OTTAWA, ON The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Leading Economic Indicator (LEI), a tool designed to predict changes in the Canadian business cycle, increased by 0.2 percent in June. This follows two consecutive gains of 0.1 percent.


Why the American Economy is hot, and Canada’s is not

Jun 22, 2018 — Macdonald Laurier Institute

Why the American Economy is hot, and Canada's is not
OTTAWA, ON--With an increasingly favourable business environment in the US and the opposite trend occurring in Canada, business investment in the US is improving faster than in Canada, Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross said today upon release of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s latest Quarterly Economic Report.


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.