MONTREAL, QC-The Fraser Institute, Canada's leading
independent economic research and educational organization,
will honour former Canadian Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Brian
Mulroney for his role in creating the Canada-U.S. Free Trade
The Institute will present Mr. Mulroney with the T. Patrick
Boyle Founder's Award at a special celebration of the 20th
anniversary of the completion of negotiations for the FTA on
October 4, 2007 at the ballroom of Le Windsor in Montreal.
Named for the Fraser Institute's first chairman, the award
is the Institute's highest honour and is given annually to
recognize excellence and accomplishment in the promotion of
economic freedom and free market ideas. Past recipients include
Lady Margaret Thatcher, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus,
and the late Milton Friedman.
Research conducted by The Fraser Institute and others has
conclusively established that the FTA and its successor, NAFTA,
have proven to be the greatest spur to economic liberalization
and progress in Canada's history.
"Overwhelming evidence clearly shows that without the vision
and leadership shown by Brian Mulroney in negotiating the Free
Trade Agreement with the United States, Canadians would not
have enjoyed the economic progress and improved standards of
living we have experienced over the past 20 years," said Mark
Mullins, Fraser Institute Executive Director.
The event coincides with the launch of Mr. Mulroney's
"This is a great event for Montreal and a unique opportunity
for all Canadians to recognize the foresight and
accomplishments of Brian Mulroney. In particular, with
the signing of the FTA, which paved the way for NAFTA, he made
- and continues to make - an exceptional contribution to the
economic prosperity and development of our country," declared
Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal and co-chair of the organizing committee
for this event.
Among those joining Hudon on the committee are M. Pierre
Akkelian, M. Michel Kelly Gagnon, Senator Leo Kolber, Mr. David
Laidley, M. John Parisella, and Me Bernard Roy.
Tickets are available through the Fraser Institute's