The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

May 02, 2007 15:55 ET

The Fraser Institute: Afghan Ambassador and Foreign Aid Expert Join Manning and Harris to Discuss Canada's Role in Afghanistan and Abroad

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - The Ambassador of Afghanistan will join Fraser Institute Senior Fellows Mike Harris and Preston Manning in Ottawa, Tuesday, May 8 to celebrate the release of their new policy paper, International Leadership by a Canada Strong and Free.

The paper looks at Canada's international role and spells out actions the Canadian government can take to improve Canada's influence on the world stage by utilizing free trade and free markets to create prosperity and peace, as well as new ideas on how we can deliver foreign aid.

His Excellency Omar Samad, Ambassador of Afghanistan, will discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and Canada's role in bringing peace and stability to the country.

They will also be joined by Dr. John Watson, President and CEO of CARE Canada, and a renowned author and expert on restructuring foreign aid. Watson is about to embark on a mission to Afghanistan and he will discuss Canada's role in Afghanistan from the perspective of a non-governmental aid organization.

International Leadership by a Canada Strong and Free is the fifth in the Canada Strong and Free series written by Manning, former leader of the federal opposition and the Reform Party of Canada, and Harris, former premier of Ontario. The event is open to the public.

What: Canada Strong and Free dinner and reception
Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive

Public tickets for the dinner and event are available through the Fraser Institute, or by calling 416-363-6575, ext 232.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Dean Pelkey, Associate Communications Director, at 604-714-4582 or

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

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  • The Fraser Institute
    Dean Pelkey
    Associate Communications Director
    (604) 714-4582