VIDEO: “Debtbusters: Who’re broke provinces going to call?” is the latest in a series of videos I’ve presented for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.Â Alberta and Ontario lead the parade of Canadian provinces running unsustainable public finances, in part thanks to the market’s belief that Ottawa will never let a province default on its debt. Based upon an exhaustive study by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute – Canada’s premier non-partisan think tank – this video explains the risk all Canadians face: that federal taxpayers will have to pick up the tab for profligate provincial governments. It also explains what we can do to fix the problem!
On June 14, 2011, Brian participated in a debate on China’s role in the 21st century as part of The Globe and Mail’s promotion of the Munk Debates. Crowley took the pro argument on the topic, “Should Canada’s oil sands fuel China?” The debate took the form of an op-ed and short online video. Find out more here.
Brian discussed climate talks in Cancun and the deepening US economic mess on CBCâ€™s Lang & Oâ€™Leary Exchange. Click here to watch the segment, which starts at the 36-minute mark. 9 December 2010.
Brian was on Goldhawk Live on 14 November 2010 to talk about Canada’s reputation at the UN. Click here to watch the video.
Brian appeared on CBCâ€™s Lang & Oâ€™Leary Exchange yesterday discussing public debt and unfunded public pension liabilities. He was also asked about recent debt management suggestions that are coming out of the US. You can see the interview here (starting at approximately the 35:55 minute mark).12 November 2010.
On October 29, 2010, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, revealed that officials in Thailand had arrested more than 100 Tamil refugees in what is thought to be the latest attempt by human-smugglers to bring people to Canada. Richard Madan of CTVÂ News reported on this story on the flagship CTVÂ National News program. Madan tracked down Brian Lee Crowley for comment, following the MLIÂ release of MLI’s assessment of the government’s recent legislative proposals to deter human-smuggling. Watch the CTVÂ news clip here…
Brian was in the US capital in early October 2010 for a series of meetings and public appearances centred around MLIâ€™s best-selling first book, The Canadian Century: Moving out of Americaâ€™s Shadow. One stop was at the prestigious Canadian Studies Program at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, along with co-author Jason Clemens, where they addressed students, faculty and Canada-watchers in the US capital on the content of MLIâ€™s first book. You can watch a video provided by SAIS here (it begins at approximately the 3:30 minute mark). Also on the agenda during the Washington visit was a stop at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and U.S. Studies Program for a discussion on what the future holds for Canada and the United States. You can watch a video of the event here.
Watch video of Brian’s appearance on Goldhawk Live with host Dale Goldhawk on CPAC, Dec. 13th, 2009. Both video and audio clips are available of Brian’s presentation at the joint Hudson Institute/Galen Institute event “Politicians, Public Options, and Patients: What the Canadian Experience Teaches Us About Political Control of Health Care” held at the Hudson Institute Offices on November 16, 2009.
The video of Brian’s April 13 appearance is available here. He discussed the national securities regulator.
The video of Brian’s January 26 appearane is available here. He discussed corporate income tax cuts.
The video of Brian’s Jan. 27 appearance on Squeezeplay is available here. Topics of conversation included whether corporations should be able to give money to charitable causes (or if that money belongs to shareholders) as well as the opportunities created for Canadian financial institutions by Washington’s increasingly erratic and autocratic attitude toward US banks.
The video of Brian’s Jan. 13 appearance on Squeezeplay is available here. Other guests were Rick Powers, assistant dean, Rotman School of Management, and Sheila Block, research director, Ontario Federation of Labour. If you like sparks, you might enjoy the exchange between Sheila Block and me about strategy for reining in public spending (Sheila “we spend 20 times on defence what we spend on the environment” Block), the lessons to be learned from downloading to the provinces under Paul Martin (mostly positive in my view!) and the nature and causes of welfare dependency.
The video of Brian’s Dec. 16 appearance on Squeezeplay is available here. Topics included Copenhagen, Canada’s pension problem and Ontario’s decision to look into selling some or all of its Crown corporations. Other guests were Sheila Block, research director, Ontario Federation of Labour, and Monte Solberg, senior advisor, Fleishman-Hillard Canada. Sheila Block clearly doesn’t quite know what to say when I stop her anti-privatisation diatribe with the mild observation that OMERS and other union pension scheme managers have expressed keen interest in buying such assets to improve the retirement prospects of their members… Sauce for the goose and all that.
The video of Brian’s Nov. 18 appearance on Squeezeplay is available here. The panel discussed Canada’s rising debt, Prime Minister Harper’s trip to India, and General Motors’ pledge to repay $200 million to Ottawa. Other guests were Monte Solberg, former Conservative cabinet minister and senior advisor, Fleishman-Hillard Canada, and Buzz Hargrove, former president, Canadian Auto Workers.
The video of Brian’s Nov. 4 appearance on Squeezeplay is available here. Other guests were John Wright, senior VP, Ipsos Reid, and Robin Sears, senior partner, Navigator Ltd.
The video of Brian’s Oct. 14 appearance on Squeezeplay is available here. The panel tackled the Canadian dollar, energy policy and why nerds “killed” Wall Street. Other guests were Rick Powers, associate dean, Rotman School of Management, and Gil McGowan, president, Alberta Federation of Labour.