MLI Newsletter
Vol. VI, No. 10
Oct. 22, 2015






Northern Light: Lessons for America from Canada's Fiscal Fix


The Canadian Century 



Fearful Symmetry   






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In this edition...
Events: The Great Canadian Debates return
Economy: Cross debunks the youth unemployment "crisis"
Fifth anniversary: Congratulations continue to pour in for MLI's big year
Events: Save the date for MLI's celebration of Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Aboriginal Canada: New book calls for reconciliation with First Nations
Governance: Crowley discusses the value of fiscal responsibility
Inside Policy: Why Queen Elizabeth II is an ally of Canadian democracy
Economy: Cross tackles questions about recession chatter
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The Great Canadian Debates are back!
Is the Senate an ineffective, expensive and undemocratic institution? Or are we overlooking the important work our Upper Chamber performs for our democracy?
Tasha Kheiriddin will face off against Stanley Hartt in the first Great Canadian Debate of the 2015-16 schedule, taking place on Nov. 19, 2015 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
The two will take opposing sides on the motion: Canada's Senate is beyond saving and must be abolished.

MLI returned from its election campaign hiatus on Thursday, Oct. 22 with the publication of a new paper. Senior Fellow Philip Cross delves into the numbers to debunk the notion of a "crisis" in youth unemployment.

The tributes continue to pour in for MLI's Fifth Anniversary!
Economist William Watson, National Post columnist Barbara Kay and historian Jack Granatstein are the latest to offer their congratulations to MLI on five years.
To see all the tributes, click here.

Celebrate Sir Wilfrid Laurier's birthday this February with Bob Rae and MLI!
The days may be getting shorter, but the Sunny Ways of Sir Wilfrid Laurier are just around the corner!
Mark the 175th birthday of the man who famously declared that the 20th century would belong to Canada by mingling with your colleagues, friends and Ottawa's political circles at a reception and dinner.
This event, which takes place on Feb. 24, 2016 at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., will feature a panel discussion with former member of Parliament Bob Rae, historian Patrice Dutil, and Montreal business leader Michel Kelly-Gagnon. Historian and author Charlotte Gray will moderate.

MLI authors Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer added another span to the bridge gulfing the divide between Aboriginal Canadians and the rest of the country with the release of a new book.

The value of balanced budgets was front and centre in September as MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley discussed fiscal responsibility on CTV.
Crowley first appeared on CTV News Channel to declare the Canadian economy the biggest winner from a recently-announced surplus. Then, later in the month, he returned again for a reminder: Governments only control their spending, not their revenue.

The history of the British Monarchy is a long one, and Queen Elizabeth has now sat at its head for longer than anyone else.
Contributor John Fraser argues in Inside Policy (and an op-ed in the National Post) that the Queen is Canadian democracy's greatest ally.
Getting to the bottom of the Great Recession Debate of 2015
The question was on nearly everyone's lips at the end of the summer: Is Canada in a recession?
MLI's Philip Cross weighed in with the answers in an interview with BNN and a column in the Financial Post.
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