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Brian Lee Crowley

Head of Macdonald-Laurier Institute

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Blocking economic development: The tyranny of ‘social licence’

According to the proponents of ‘social licence,’ some abstract entity called ‘society’ must be satisfied or else it is illegitimate to build the mine or the pipeline or the plant. Relying on opponents’ permission can never be the basis on which civilized societies make such decisions

May 01, 2014

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Brian Lee Crowley is the managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an independent non-partisan public policy think tank in Ottawa.

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