Brian Lee Crowley
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Brian Lee Crowley has headed up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa since its inception in March of 2010, but he has a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) in Halifax, one of the country’s leading regional think tanks. He is a former Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC and is a Senior Fellow at the Galen Institute in Washington. In addition, he advises several think tanks in Canada, France and Nigeria.

Crowley has published numerous books, including two bestsellers: Fearful Symmetry: the fall and rise of Canada’s founding values (2009) and MLI’s first book, The Canadian Century; Moving Out of America’s Shadow, which he co-authored with Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis.

Crowley has twice won the Sir Antony Fisher Award for excellence in think tank publications for his heath care work and in 2011 accepted the award for a third time for MLI’s book, The Canadian Century.

From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with the federal Department of Finance. He has also headed the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), taught politics, economics and philosophy at various universities in Canada and Europe.

Crowley is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues across all media. He holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate in political economy from the latter.

Blog Entries by Brian Lee Crowley

Is This Community Ready for the Enbridge Pipeline?

(3) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 5:12 PM

The Haisla First Nation live in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, on the west coast near the aluminum town of Kitimat. The town's massive smelter has long been a sore spot among the Haisla, dropped into their traditional territory in the pro-development 1950 without consultation or substantial...

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An Under Sea Economy Could Solve Fishery Woes

(3) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Writing in the National Post last Wednesday, John Ivison said that Ottawa was finally getting serious about fishery reform on the east coast.

Not before time. The fishery should be a source of wealth and prosperity for Atlantic communities, not a social program and gateway to EI benefits...

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Can New Border Deal Fix Broken NAFTA?

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 1:17 PM

What is NAFTA really about?

That might seem a silly question. NAFTA is about trade, right? It is the North American Free Trade Agreement after all.

But what if it is not mainly about trade at all? Thinking chiefly in terms of trade might actually obscure the real point.

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