National Newswatch

Tepid Economic Growth Points to Structural Problems

Jul 6 2019 — — In MLI’s latest Quarterly Economic Report, Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross points to the serious structural problems hampering the Canadian economy. With deficit-fuelled spending running amok and continued weakness in investment and exports, Cross argues that the economy’s slow growth was entirely predicable. “The stall in the Canadian economy over the last six months was […]

Why The USMCA Is Good For Canada’s Innovative Economy: New MLI Report

May 23 2019 — — Despite the successful negotiation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last year and a recent deal on eliminating steel and aluminum tariffs, the ratification of the USMCA remains anything but certain. Vocal critics have declared that Canada gave away too much on intellectual property (IP) in negotiations with the US and Mexico. They claim the […]

Assessing the Damage from Canada’s Fighter Replacement Fiasco

May 10 2019 — — In a hard-hitting new Macdonald-Laurier Institute report, MLI Senior Fellow Richard Shimooka takes a critical look at the government’s approach to replacing Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18 fighters. In the report, titled The Catastrophe: Assessing the Damage from Canada’s Fighter Replacement Fiasco, he argues that Ottawa’s performance on this file mirrors the SNC-Lavalin Scandal and […]

The Practical Consequences of Free Trade with China

Apr 3 2019 — — It may be easy for Canadians to see China as a stable trade alternative to the US – a potential partner with whom free trade could yield huge benefits for Canada once diplomatic relations level off again. However, a new MLI report by Munk Senior Fellow Duanjie Chen makes the case that Canadian policy-makers may […]

Prosecutorial independence at the heart of Lavscam

Apr 3 2019 — Brian Lee Crowley — Prosecutorial independence goes to the heart of the “Lavscam” scandal currently embroiling the Liberal government in Ottawa. Everyone knows by now that this dispute has seen former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and her colleague Jane Philpott resign from cabinet over allegations of improper political interference by the Prime Minister’s office and the […]

Protecting Canada in the Face of Russian Disinformation

Jan 21 2019 — — In recent years, the Russian government has made no mystery of the fact that it is engaged in disinformation campaigns throughout the world. During the 2013-2014 Euromaidan uprisings in Ukraine, Russia had secretly used actors to falsely allege that so-called Ukrainian “fascists” had committed atrocities. Kremlin agents had also manufactured evidence to help cover up […]

Meng Wanzhou and the Future of Canada-China Relations

Jan 21 2019 — — The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the Vancouver Airport on December 1 has been followed by a series of mutual recriminations between Canada and China. This has led to a shift in the Canadian public opinion from general skepticism about the intentions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) regime to overwhelming hostility […]

Re-igniting Canada’s Creative Industries

Nov 21 2018 — — By the end of November, the federal government’s consultations on Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications policy will come to a close. What should the government consider improving? What are the gaps in Canada’s approach to broadcasting, telecommunications, and culture generally? And how can the system better support Canada’s content creators?

Dealing with Canadian ‘Jihadis’ Detained Abroad

Nov 21 2018 — — The Islamic State is crumbling, and in its wake, Canadian policy makers are now faced with a new challenge: what should be done with Canadian jihadis returning home or being detained abroad? To address this problem, MLI has released a new commentary by Scott Newark, titled It’s Time for an Effective Strategy to Deal with […]

Defending Against China’s Influence Operations Abroad

Oct 26 2018 — — In recent years, China has invested billions of dollars in an effort to boost its visibility and improve its image abroad. However, unbeknownst to many Canadians, the Chinese Communist Party has expanded its efforts, and is now increasingly relying more on unsavoury influence operations that use co-optation, bribery, incentivization, disinformation, censorship, and other methods.