Appearing on 680 AM CJOB radio in Winnipeg on Friday, MLI managing director Brian Lee Crowley questions the legitimacy of a frequent demand from special interest groups that companies receive a "social licence" to operate.

Crowley makes the case that many organizations exploit the term to create the impression that new projects, such as pipelines or waste dumps, need to receive their approval before proceeding.

"This is all made up, as far as I'm concerned, by people who want to be able to claim that projects are illegitimate without having any kind of formal, organized, thoughtful process by which we determine whether or not these projects confer a net benefit on society", Crowley told CJOB host Geoff Currier.

To listen to the interview, click here and start listening on May 9 at 9 p.m.