Fraser Institute to honour the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney on anniversary of Free Trade Agreement



    MONTREAL, June 28 /CNW/ - 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 Agreement.
    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 long-anticipated
book, Memoirs.
    "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 Montreal office.

    The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational
organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit
www.fraserinstitute.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Tasha Kheiriddin, Directrice, Québec et la
Francophonie, The Fraser Institute, Tel: (514) 758-0466, Email:
tashak@fraserinstitute.ca; Mark Mullins, Executive Director, The Fraser
Institute, Tel: (604) 688-0221 ext.552, Email: markm@fraserinstitute.ca; Dean
Pelkey, Associate Director of Communications, The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604)
714-4582, Email deanp@fraserinstitute.ca

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