Donald Johnston and Bernard Lord join the Montreal Economic Institute

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Hélène Desmarais, chairman of the board
of directors of the Montreal Economic Institute, is pleased to announce the
appointments of two new board members, Donald J. Johnston and Bernard Lord.
Paul Daniel Muller, president of the Institute, stated that "at a time of
lively debate in Quebec on health care policy, appointing these two people
confirms the Institute's commitment to developing alternative policy options
in the financing and delivery of health services." Mr. Johnston says
"international experience shows that there are all sorts of ways of ensuring
the health of a society. It is often worth our while to seek insight from what
has worked elsewhere." Mr. Lord finds that "it is important to look for new
solutions that will enable us to meet the demographic challenge and to help
people live longer, healthier lives."

    Donald J. Johnston

    Donald J. Johnston was secretary-general of the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 1996 to 2006. With its membership
comprising the 30 most highly developed industrialized countries, the OECD is
the world's most influential economic research body. Mr. Johnston became the
first person from outside Europe to hold this position. During his tenure, he
launched an in-depth study of health care systems aimed at finding the causes
of discrepancies in their efficiency. As a federal cabinet minister from 1978
to 1988, Mr. Johnston served as president of the Treasury Board, Minister of
State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of State for Science and
Technology, and Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. In 2006, he joined
the law firm Heenan Blaikie as a counsel.

    Bernard Lord

    Bernard Lord was premier of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006. At age 33,
he became one of the youngest premiers in Canadian history. During his two
terms in office, he succeeded in reforming the way a number of public services
were provided. In February 2007, Mr. Lord joined the law firm McCarthy
Tétrault. He holds three honorary doctorates and in May 2007 became the first
professor in residence of the McGill University Health Centre's Institute for
Strategic Analysis and Innovation, established to promote innovation in public
policy on health care. Mr. Lord will work at developing strategic studies on
health care policy, with a focus on bringing greater responsibility to
citizens in managing their health.


    The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan,
non-profit body that takes part in public policy debate in Quebec and across
Canada, offering wealth creation solutions on matters of taxation, regulation,
and reform of health and education systems. Its publications since 2000 have
included the Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools. In 2004 it won a
Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence for the quality of its
management and public relations.

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For further information: and interview requests: André Valiquette,
Director of Communications, Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969, Cell:
(514) 574-0969,

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