Brian Crowley: Is he selling Canada out?

Dear Brian:

I am resigning from the research board of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. I cannot have my name associated with an organization that recommends establishment of a joint legislative committee of the American Congress and the Canadian Parliament.

Canada is a sovereign country. We cannot have sitting members of the American Congress and the American Senate participating in the formal determination of Canadian law.

There could be no objection to an extra-legislative committee  to inform persons from the two countries about common interests. And such a committee might include legislators from Canada and the U.S. But they would not be sitting as legislators. They would not the sitting as law-makers.

Here’s how you put your proposal in the current Macdonald-Laurier Institute Newsletter:  “the time has come to create a joint committee of Congress and Parliament charged with oversight of the Canada-U.S. relationship, holding hearings, issuing reports, and taking their newly acquired knowledge and relationships back to their respective bodies. Give a human face to their relationship with Canada, and a context in which they actually are constrained to learn about it, and they will help to batter down the resistance of the backward-looking generals at the gate.”

The statement is extremely damaging. It will be seen by many Canadians as proof that the Macdonald-Laurier Institute wishes to see Canada incorporated into the United States.

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2 Responses to “Brian Crowley: Is he selling Canada out?”


  1. 1 Melvin Muskrat September 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    It is a sad thing your leaving. But the recommendation is outrageous. Looks like this Crowley fella is up to something. But what? He should spend more time among the bull-rushes. Time will tell.
    However it would make an interesting topic for a high school debate. Here’s a more ambitious one. A six month exchange of top executives between Canada and the U.S. A current example of such an unelected enjoining would have Harper and Obama switching offices. Obama could come up here and throw money around the way that lady in Trafalgar Square tosses out popcorn to the pigeons, and Harper could try to ram through congress an austerity program that would dumbfound and amaze millions of Americans. At the end of the six months each could return home to try to undo that which was done unto the other. (Macdonald-Laurier Institute could have the movie rights).
    The institute will be much the poorer for your departure.

  2. 2 Anonymous October 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    The Institutes still keeps your name on their website: http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/about/who-is-involved/.


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