Brian Lee Crowley

Celebrating Robert Burns’ Nicht (2017) in Ottawa

On Robbie Burns Nicht last January we celebrated the Scottish Bard’s birth with readings of his poetry by fellow Scot John Ivison and some musical interludes featuring music Burns would have known or else written by composers inspired by Burns’ poetry. Here are two videos of a couple of those musical interludes featuring me on the smallpipes and Ralitsa Tcholakova on the violin.


Robbie Burns night — readings and concert!

Robbie Burns night 2017 is, of course, tomorrow, January 25th. To celebrate the Scottish Bard and his immortal work some friends and I are organising a little concert of Scottish-themed music and readings of Burns’ poetry. We will be live at 7.30 pm at Ottawa Pianos on Bank Street. John Ivison will be reading Burns, Elaine Keillor will be playing piano, Ralitsa Tcholakova, violin, and your truly will be on the Scottish smallpipes. Free but you must register. Details on Facebook!

Robbie Burns Nicht

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Watch this space for information about forthcoming Great Canadian Debates, my speaking engagements and other events.

GCD: Canadians Should Stop Worrying About Income Inequality

The next MLI Great Canadian Debate pits Frank Buckley against Chrystia Freeland on March 31, 2015 at the Canadian War Museum.

Everyone, it appears, is concerned about the middle class and income inequality. It seems a privileged few are making all the money, leaving the rest of us to fight over the scraps. Some would argue this will lead to social upheaval. They urge government to ensure that middle and lower income people share in a growing economy and put the brakes on skyrocketing incomes of the wealthy. Others argue that top earners are entitled to what they make and that their success is what drives the economy. They would also say that the fortunes of the middle class are better than advertised, and Canada’s progressive tax system is effective at sharing the wealth. Should we be worrying about income inequality? Plutocrats author Chrystia Freeland argues against the resolution. George Mason professor Frank Buckley argues in favour.

Sir John A. Macdonald’s bicentenary

Yes, 2015 marks Sir John A.’s 200th birthday and to mark the occasion, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute is hosting a gala dinner at the Museum of History on February 18th. Be sure to get your ticket. They’re almost sold out!

Vancouver events on social licence and the natural resource economy

Thanks to Andy Smith of the BCMEA I will be back in Vancouver on 14th & 15th January 2015 to talk to a wide variety of audiences about issues surrounding social licence, the natural resource economy and Aboriginal issues too. Details TBC. Watch this space. Still some openings in the 2 day programme if you want me to speak to your group.

BC Chamber of Commerce talk on social licence

I will be in Vancouver on December 9th to talk to a meeting of their large Chambers (i.e. the bigger Chambers from around the province like the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, etc.) about the concept of social licence. A hot topic in BC. Who knew?!?

Lecture on Middle Powers at the Embassy of Korea

My friends at the Embassy of Korea have kindly asked me to be the November speaker at their lecture series. Accordingly on Tuesday, November 4th at 5.30 pm I will be giving a talk on being a middle power in a dangerous world.

Westac talk on regulatory reform in Calgary, October 20th

WESTAC’s fall meeting in Calgary is on the subject of regulation – as it relates to supply chains and transportation, and the coming Canada Transportation Act Review.
They’ve asked me to open their event on the 20th with a keynote presentation by me on the broad subject of regulation. This is a members only meeting, but regular readers of my work will be able to work out quite successfully what I will have to say!

ILS keynote in Calgary on property rights and natural resources

My friend Matt Bufton of the Institute for Liberal Studies (ILS) is organising a terrific conference on property rights to be held in Calgary 16-17 October. I’ll be the lunchtime speaker on Friday the 17th talking about both property rights issues as they relate to natural resources in Canada in general and more specifically I’ll look at First Nations property claims. Details from Matt at ILS.

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