About the Meighen Institute

The Arthur Meighen Institute for Public Affairs is an independent conservative think-tank dedicated to the advancement of freedom and prosperity at home and abroad through the development and promotion of good public policy.

Challenging the progressive orthodoxy

For too long, public policy discussion in Canada - at all levels of government - has been little more than a monologue; an argument over the details of a default progressive agenda rather than a debate over the merits of the agenda itself. This has led to a one-dimensional approach to policy-making where variations of the same ideas are applied to complex issues time after time with the same mediocre results.

We at the Meighen Institute believe that democracy is meaningless in the absence of competing ideas. Our goal is to challenge the progressive orthodoxy, replacing the monologue with dialogue and presenting Canadians and their leaders with sensible policy alternative.

What we do:

  • Advance the principles (see below) that form the foundation of a free, democratic and prosperous society.
  • Encourage sensible public laws, policies and practices in Canada that reflect and respect those principles.
  • Provide Canadians with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to effectively promote these goals.

Our guiding principles:

  • Limited, constitutional government.
  • Free markets, free enterprise, private property.
  • A justice system that holds everyone equally accountable, that punishes criminal offenders and that protects the law-abiding.
  • A foreign policy that advances and supports freedom and democracy around the world.
  • Responsible, fact-based stewardship of the environment.
  • Respect for the natural family as the essential building blocks of a free, prosperous and democratic society.
  • Respect for the intrinsic value of all human life, from conception to natural death.

How we do this:

  • Independent analysis of existing policy and legislation.
  • Development and promotion of policy alternatives and the ideas upon which these alternatives are based.
  • Education of policy-makers and the general public through publications, conferences, seminars and public lectures.

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