MLI Newsletter
Vol. III, No. 1



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In this Edition...
MLI lands top five spot in rankings of new think tanks worldwide
Canada's critical infrastructure: Vulnerable to terrorists, hackers, thieves and neglect
NAFTA is not about selling goods, it is about making them...together
MLI adds association leader, Rita Karakas, to the roster
Our second annual Macdonald-Laurier Soireé is just a few weeks away!
MLI in the media
MLI lands top five spot in rankings of new think tanks worldwide

Less than two years old, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) has just been rated one of the top five new think tanks in the world and is the only Canadian institute on the list! This is the second year in a row MLI has made the list of the top 20 new think tanks globally, having debuted last year at Number 20 after a mere six months of operation. We are honoured to receive this type of recognition!

The ranking are part of the 2011 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania's International Relations Program.

Canada's critical infrastructure: Vulnerable to terrorists, hackers, thieves and neglect

Like the air that we breathe, we are not aware of the extent to which our lives depend on the critical infrastructure (CI) that surrounds us, operating quietly in the background. Much of that infrastructure is relatively fragile, extremely vulnerable, and poorly protected from those who might wish to cause harm to Canada and Canadians.

In a study entitled Canada's Critical Infrastructure: When is Safe Enough Safe Enough?, author Andrew Graham discussed the need for a cohesive plan to protect Canada's vulnerable infrastructure before it is too late. He outlined a number of key elements needed to ensure a more secure and sustainable approach to critical infrastructure threats. The Toronto Sun wrote about the study in an article republished in several online and print news sources. Professor Graham also appeared on a number of radio shows to discuss these issues, including John Gormley Live in Saskatchewan and the Rutherford show in Alberta.

NAFTA is not about selling goods, it is about making them...together

North America is now a deeply integrated, cross-border economy whose most important feature is not free trade in finished goods between Canadians and Americans. According to MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley in a recent Commentary, it is our ability to make things together and then sell them to each other and the rest of the world. The Commentary, based on a talk by Crowley given to the Council of State Governments annual meeting in Seattle, emphasized the reality that the North American economy is a production bloc, and not a trading bloc. The Financial Post published an op-ed by Crowley based on this publication and he appeared on CPAC's Goldhawk Live to discuss Canada's trading relationships.

MLI adds seasoned association leader, Rita Karakas, to the roster

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rita Karakas as our new Senior Advisor, Business Development and Corporate Affairs. Ms. Karakas joins the MLI team with over 20 years of global experience in both the government and non-government sector. She has considerable expertise and proven specialization in developing solid strategies for corporate planning, organizational change and strategic management.


Ms. Karakas is responsible for MLI's corporate affairs, business development, and operational management. She will focus in particular on resource development strategies, including special events, communications, and marketing. She can be reached at or by telephone at 613-482-8327 ext. 102.

Our second annual Macdonald-Laurier Soirée is just a few weeks away!

We think Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sir John A. Macdonald are two cool Canadians worth celebrating. We also think that celebrating them at the same time as we honour Flag Day is an even better idea!

Join us on February 15th for our Second Annual Macdonald-Laurier Soirée as we celebrate the very best of Canada's political tradition and history. The evening will be filled with food and refreshments, wonderful company, a cake to honour our maple leaf flag, and inspirational music. You will also have the exclusive opportunity to get your photo taken with Sir Wilfrid and Sir John A. That's right, our favourite PMs will be in attendance!

And that's not all. The Hon. Peter Milliken, former Speaker of the House of Commons, will be the Honourary Chair for the evening and the Hon. Stéphane Dion and Hon. Michael Wilson will be among the guests of honour.

Our Soirée is going to be one event that you will not want to miss! Tickets are $100.00 each. You may also purchase a block of 10 tickets for $900.00, or 5 tickets for $450.00 and bring your friends along! Click here to register now!

MLI in the media - December Update

On December 3, 2011, MLI's Brian Lee Crowley discussed the upside of cutting transfers to provinces in his column for the Ottawa Citizen.

On December 12th, MLI's Director of Research Jason Clemens discussed how income inequality isn't as simple as it's portrayed in the Vancouver Sun.

On December 12th, MLI author Larry Martin explained why Canada's agricultural future lies mostly with bigger, more efficient farms in the Windsor Star.

On December 19th, MLI's Brian Lee Crowley was quoted in a Maclean's Magazine article about how Canadians feel unapologetically optimistic about our future.

On December 15th, MLI's Jason Clemens appeared on CPAC's PrimeTime Politics to discuss the economic future for Canadians.

On December 21st, MLI's Jason Clemens and Brian Lee Crowley discussed the Canada Health Accord announcement in the Vancouver Sun. They said, "Ottawa is being far too timid when Canadians need bold action on health care reform now." 

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute exists to make poor quality public policy unacceptable in Ottawa. We will achieve this goal by proposing thoughtful alternatives to Canadians and their political and opinion leaders through non-partisan and independent research and commentary. Visit us online at