OTTAWA, ON (Jan. 5, 2017): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley issued the following statement regarding the passing of Stanley Hartt:

"Stanley was not just a policy leader, but a prominent lawyer, businessman and investment banker. Stanley was a towering intellect in both the legal and financial fields with a long record of service to Canada in various senior positions, not least as Deputy Minister of Finance under Hon. Michael Wilson and Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. In these positions he played key roles in the adoption of public policies that greatly benefited Canada, including the abolition of the Manufacturers' Sales Tax and its replacement by the GST, and the free trade agreement with the United States.

"Stanley was also a keen early supporter of MLI, understanding, as few did at the time, how important it was to have a non-partisan national think tank in Ottawa to deal with all questions relating to the intelligent use of federal power for the benefit of all Canadians. He was a long-serving member of our Board of Directors and latterly sat on our Advisory Council. He was also a frequent contributor to our magazine, Inside Policy.

"It would be fair to say that MLI strives in all it does to emulate the standards that this remarkable man embodied. There wasn't a public policy issue of any importance on which Stanley did not have an original, insightful and closely reasoned opinion while at the same time treating opposing views with respect and kindness. He was a personal mentor to me and both the Institute and I are much the poorer for his loss."

For more information media are invited to contact:

Cole Hogan
Communications Manager
613-482-8327 x105
cole.hogan@macdonaldlaurier.ca