About the Event
After a very successful decade of unparalleled leadership, generosity, and success as chair of the Fraser Institute, Peter Brown will be stepping down at the Institute’s upcoming AGM. To celebrate Peter, we thought it would be interesting and appropriate to have a few of Peter’s friends join us for our annual Dr. Harold Walter Siebens Lecture and Luncheon on a panel to discuss the state of policy in Canada and the challenges we face as a country. As such, we are pleased to be hosting a panel discussion, What's at Stake? The Challenges facing Canada, featuring historian and author Conrad Black, former Canadian High Commissioner to the U.K. and B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (Mr. Mulroney will be joining virtually).
Over the past several years, Canada has suffered from higher taxes, enormous expansion of government financed by more debt, and marked increases in regulations. These policies have resulted in slower economic growth, higher taxes on the middle class, a legacy of massive debt for young Canadians, and an exodus of investment. The panel will discuss these, and other important policy issues facing Canada.
Luncheon registration and reception will begin at 11:15 a.m. followed by lunch at 11:45 in the British Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
We encourage you to invite friends and associates who you feel may be interested in attending the luncheon.
Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
Registration and reception: 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Lunch and Lecture: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM (Lunch hard start at 11:45 am)
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC (British Ballroom)
Speakers & Instructors
Conrad Black is a financier, author and columnist in a large number of publications in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including the National Post and National Review Online (New York). He is the author of biographies of Maurice Duplessis, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Richard M. Nixon, a strategic history of the United States (Flight of the Eagle), and Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present. His most recent books are “The Canadian Manifesto” in 2019, “Donald J. Trump: A president like no other” in 2018, and before that, a collection of his columns and essays titled Backward Glances, published by Random House-McCLelland & Stewart.
He was the publisher of the London (UK) Telegraph newspapers and Spectator from 1987 to 2004, and controlled many other newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Jerusalem Post and the National Post, which he founded. He is honorary chairman of Conrad Black Capital Corporation and has been a member of the British House of Lords as Lord Black of Crossharbour since 2001, and is a Knight of the Holy See.
You can find Lord Black’s columns in the National Post, The National Review Online, The Epoch Times, The Hill, and is often syndicated in many other publications. He continues to be a guest on a number of news outlets offering commentary, and has appeared on the BBC, CTV, FOX News, CBC and more. He is a frequent guest on America First with Sebastian Gorka, and has recently started a new podcast with Bill Bennett and Victor Davis Hanson, called “Scholars & Sense”, where they try to make sense of the news of the day.close
Gordon Campbell, O.C., O.B.C. B.C.’s 34th Premier (2001-2011), Vancouver’s 40th Mayor (1986-1993), Chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (1990-1993), Canada’s High Commissioner to The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (2011-2016), Canada’s representative on the Commonwealth Board of Governors (2011-2016) and Canada’s special envoy to the Ismaili Imamat (2014-2016).
Mr. Campbell led the re-establishment of B.C.’s AAA credit rating. The Campbell government’s climate policy has been described as “the best climate policy in the world” in the New York Times. He took historic steps to build a new relationship with First Nations in British Columbia and Canada. He received the Canadian Olympic Order, the Modern Makers of Canada Award for Excellence and the Corporate Knights Award of Distinction.close
In September 1984, Brian Mulroney led the Progressive Conservative party to the largest victory in Canadian history, becoming Canada's eighteenth Prime Minister. He was re-elected with a majority government four years later, thereby becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments and the first Conservative Prime Minister to do so in 100 years. He resigned in June 1993, having served almost nine years as Prime Minister.
His government introduced bold new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty and the Canada-U.S. Arctic Cooperation Agreement. Prime Minister Mulroney's government also introduced a wave of privatizations, a low inflation policy, historic tax reform, extensive deregulation and expenditure reduction policies that continue to be the basis of Canada's impressive economic performance today.
Mr. Mulroney practiced law in Montreal and served as President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada before entering politics by becoming Party Leader in 1983 and Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, to which he was first elected in 1983 and re-elected in 1984 and 1988.
Upon resigning, Mr. Mulroney rejoined the Montreal law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright as Senior Partner.close