Straight Talk is the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies’ staff and fellow blog.

The Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan Canadian think-tank located in Halifax, Nova Scotia that offers a distinctive Atlantic Canadian voice on public policy regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Institute sets the benchmark on public policy by drawing together forward looking policy analysis from the world’s foremost experts and increasing the level of understanding regarding what governments do well and what they do poorly.

The Institute’s team—with long experience in business, government, universities and the media—doesn’t merely produce research. We make a difference by linking ideas with today’s public policy challenges and making sure that business leaders, the media, policy makers, and ordinary citizens have the knowledge and the understanding necessary to ensure that government action will contribute to a safer, stronger, freer, and more prosperous region and country.

Since its founding in 1994, the Institute has received five prestigious international awards. The latest is the Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence. In addition, the Institute also has the distinction of being awarded the prestigious Sir Antony Fisher Award four times. No other institute in the world has received this distinction more times than the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. More information about the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies can be found at www.aims.ca.