Brian Lee Crowley


  • Macdonald-Laurier SoirĂ©e February 1, 2014

    February 12, 2014

    Rideau Club, Ottawa

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  • Council of State Governments (East) Annual Conference November 29, 2013

    December 6, 2013

    Puerto Rico

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  • MLI’s Great Canadian Debate Series November 15, 2013

    November 26, 2013

    War Museum, Ottawa

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  • MLI Gala Dinner November 11, 2013

    Twenty-five years ago Canadians were voting in a federal election that was a referendum on free trade with the United States. This dinner marks the 25th anniversary of that momentous event and celebrates the subsequent prosperity free trade helped to unleash.

    November 21, 2013

    Westin Hotel, Calgary

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  • Sober Second Thoughts on the Canadian Senate September 7, 2013

    Come and here me rabbit on about the Senate. Is this gonna be good or what! More details here.

    September 26, 2013

    HMCS Bytown Wardroom (Naval Officer Mess)

    78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

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  • Great Canadian Debates Series – Resolved: The Government of Quebec can decide unilaterally to secede from Canada June 7, 2013

    At the heart of debates over Quebec’s future and its status within Confederation lies a hotly contested question: who will decide? Following the last referendum on Quebec sovereignty the federal government referred this very question to the Supreme Court of Canada. Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Ottawa enacted the Clarity Act, which lays down ground rules regarding both future referenda and any negotiations on sovereignty that might ensue. For its part, Quebec’s national Assembly passed a law stating categorically that the province’s political future is a decision that belongs entirely to Quebeckers. In this Special Great Canadian Debate, the Hon. Stéphane Dion, former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Cabinet Minister, and framer of Canada’s Clarity Act will trade rhetorical blows with Daniel Turp; former Member of Parliament for the Bloc Quebecois and former Member of the National Assembly with the Parti Quebecois over the question of who is entitled to participate in decisions over Quebec’s standing in Confederation. The moderator for this debate will be Jack Granatstein.

    For tickets, please click here.

    The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to announce The Great Canadian Debates, a series of provocative debates exploring some of the most compelling issues to Canadians. Each debate is presented at the Canadian War Museum and features well-known personalities and a moderator. Audience members are invited to get involved by posing questions during a Q&A session and voting for the winning argument. Following the debate, the evening also includes private access to the War Musem’s special exhibit.

    June 20, 2013

    Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

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  • Nation to Nation Business Opportunities Forum May 29, 2013

    I have been invited to speak at the Nation to Nation Business Opportunities Forum in Thunder Bay.

    I will be giving a talk and participating in a question and answer session on the recently released paper “New Beginnings: How Canada’s natural resource wealth could re-shape relations with Aboriginal People” which I co-wrote with Ken Coates, senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, and Canada Research Chair in regional innovation, Johnson-Shoyoma Graduate school of public policy, University of Saskatchewan.

    June 18, 2013

    Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay

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  • Conversation with Bjorn Lomborg: Global Problems, Smart Solutions May 25, 2013

    Bjorn Lomborg caught the world’s attention with his controversial book The Skeptical Environmentalist – focusing on why we should use our scarce resources to actually do some good, instead of simply trying to make ourselves feel better.

    Bjorn Lomborg is one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century according to Esquire magazine, and one of the 50 people who could save the planet according to the UK Guardian. Bjorn Lomborg has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

    $300.00 Individual Dinner Ticket*
    $3000.00 Table of 10


     *All tickets include a signed copy of Bjorn Lomborg’s book Global Crises, Global Solutions

    **Please contact Leah at 604-227-3560 for information on sponsorship opportunities for Bjorn’s upcoming events Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, & Toronto

    “Conversation with Bjorn Lomborg” is hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, ranked one of the top three new think-tanks in the world in a global survey, in partnership with Leah Costello and the Bon Mot Book Club.

    The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is Canada’s leading independent, non-partisan institute on public policy, and the only think-tank with a national focus based in Ottawa. MLI exists to make poor public policy unacceptable by challenging political and opinion leaders by providing strong, thoughtful analysis and commentary on the issues that matter nationally to Canadians.

    June 6, 2013

    The Ritz-Carleton, Montreal

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  • Islam vs Islamism: An evening with Daniel Pipes April 30, 2013

    Islam vs. Islamism, Is the Problem Religion or Ideology? An Evening with Daniel Pipes

    Lecture, Discussion, Q&A, and ReceptionMay 13, 2013, 7 PM
    Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington, Ottawa
    Admission $20.00, STUDENTS get in FREE.


     Everyday we are bombarded by horrors from the Arab-Muslim world and to many people it is unclear as whether we are in a fight against Islam the religion or Islamism the ideology. Daniel Pipes has written extensively on this topic and there is no better person to lead a discussion. Please join us for a very important event with Middle East expert Daniel Pipes. Joining Daniel Pipes to discuss this important topic will be Salim Mansur, Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Brian Lee Crowley, Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Free Thinking Film Society, Cardus, The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

    May 13, 2013

    Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa

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  • Great Canadian Debates Series April 20, 2013

    Great Canadian Debates

    The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is pleased to announce The Great Canadian Debates, a series of  provocative debates exploring some of the most compelling issues to Canadians. Each debate will be presented at the Canadian War Museum and will feature well-known personalities and a moderator. Audience members are invited to get involved by posing questions during a Q&A session and voting for the winning argument. Following the debate, the evening also includes private access to the War Musem’s special exhibit.

    Presented at the Canadian War Museum in the Barney Danson Theatre, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa ON K1A 0M8.

    Resolved: Wealth has too much power in Canada
    Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM
    Endless financial scandals, the Occupy movement, huge CEO salaries – has the time come to reassess our capitalist system and values? Is it time to cut the 1% down to size? Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, goes head-to-head against William Watson, Professor of economics at McGill University and regular columnist in the National Post and Ottawa Citizen. The moderator for the evening is Canadian historian Jack Granatstein.

    Tickets are now available for the fourth debate, Resolved: Wealth has too much power in Canada:
    – General admission tickets are $20 each
    – Students and seniors may purchase tickets at a special rate of $15 each, but must provide ID upon entry.
    – Members of the Canadian War Museum may also purchase tickets at $15 each and will be asked to present their membership card at the door
    – *Note: It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited and we cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the door.

    Register for tickets here

    May 9, 2013

    Barney Danson Theatre, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

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