Part One: A talk by Stephen Harper: AIMS event on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002

In his first major policy speech in Atlantic Canada since winning the leadership of his party, Stephen Harper, Leader of the Opposition in Ottawa, is coming to Halifax on September 20, 2002 to outline his vision for a prosperous Atlantic Canada within a dynamic federation. Taxation, regional development, health care and economic growth are issues facing all Canadians. Harper will share his views on how all Canadians, including those in Atlantic Canada, can work together to successfully meet these national challenges.

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Part Two: Bush must heed wise words from past – AIMS on impact of 9/11

Bush must heed wise words from past.

America’s closest ally, British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as a majority of U.S. public opinion are urging the formation of a broad international coalition against the real threat posed by Iraq. In this column, AIMS President Brian Lee Crowley discusses why that alone should cause the Bush administration to redouble its so far reluctant efforts to stitch together such a coalition. If the administration’s case is good, they will find, and they will deserve, allies in the fight against Saddam Hussein, and they will find their country’s power, prestige and security in the world heightened as a result.

The President needs to heed the words in the Declaration of Independence counseling “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind”. This respect, as the American founders knew, is a sign and source of strength, not weakness.

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Part Three: Federal Tories seek AIMS’ advice on Regional Development

While strictly non-partisan, AIMS understands the importance of helping political parties of all stripes to gain insight into the significant public policy challenges facing the region and the country. In recognition of the contribution that AIMS makes to policy debate, AIMS President Brian Lee Crowley was invited as a non-party commentator on a panel at the national convention of the PC Party of Canada in Edmonton.

The other members of the policy panel were:

Senator Donald H. Oliver, Deputy-Chair Senate Committee on Transport and Communications
John Eckert, President, Canadian Venture Capital Association
Walter Robinson, Federal Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
In his remarks at the national convention of the PC Party of Canada in Edmonton, AIMS President Brian Lee Crowley addressed three questions put to him by the conference organizers:

First, he explained that regional economic development organizations like ACOA don’t actually create new economic activity but simply substitute the government’s preferred activities for those that would have inevitably taken place if people had been left free to take their own decisions with their own money.

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Budgetary Choices

Second, in a discussion of budgetary choices facing the federal government, he emphasized the wrong-headedness of holding on to labour policies designed to address systemic unemployment when the real challenge facing the country, and the world, in the 21st century is substantial labour shortages.

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Corporate Governance

Finally, he offered some insights on the solutions being proposed to address the current crisis in corporate governance. Unlike those who see the solution in draconian new laws, Crowley sees the marketplace, investors and the existing criminal law rapidly meting out blame and punishment in a highly effective manner. What is needed over and above that is a moral and ethical renewal in our business and political leadership, something no law can accomplish by itself.

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