Catch up on the latest in great public policy research and commentary with Vol. V, No. 8 of the MLI newsletter.
This edition, which spans our activities over the summer, highlights MLI’s launch of F.H. Buckley’s new book, “The Once and Future King”. The event, to take place on Sept. 30, features a reading and discussion by the author of his groundbreaking work. The book argues that Canada’s Parliamentary democracy is producing better outcomes for Canadians than the United States’ separation of powers.
The newsletter also highlights the analysis MLI authors offered of the recent Supreme Court decisions that issued rulings on Aboriginal land title. MLI author Dwight Newman and Senior Fellow Ken Coates provided extensive commentary on the Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows decisions, which greatly expanded the rights of First Nations.
Also highlighted is a new MLI report on biofuels. Authors Douglas Auld and Ross McKitrick find that the millions of public dollars poured into biofuel programs have cost Canadians several times more than they have returned in social and environmental benefits, even using the most optimistic assumptions about the resulting greenhouse gas emissions.
MLI authors provided expert commentary on the future of natural resource development in Canada following the federal government's announcement in June that it would conditionally approve the Northern Gateway pipeline. The decision opened the door to another round of debate about whether the company behind the pipeline, Enbridge, will do enough to engage Aboriginals in the process - and MLI was on the leading edge of that analysis.
Other features of the newsletter include a new commentary about the federal government’s victims’ rights bill, highlights of MLI’s commentary on barriers to internal trade, MLI’s expanded reach on social media, news about MLI Senior Fellow Ken Coates’ membership in the New Brunswick government’s advisory team on First Nations issues and all the latest MLI op-eds, commentaries and media coverage.