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MacEachen Institute donates $2.25 million to Dalhousie University

Posted by Media Centre on February 10, 2015 in News, Arts and society

Halifax, NS – February 10, 2015 – The Directors of the MacEachen Institute for Policy and Government announced today a donation to Dalhousie University in the amount of $2.25 million.  The donation will be used to establish a public policy and governance institute at Dalhousie in the name of the Hon. Allan J. MacEachen.

The MacEachen Institute considered a number of universities and following the evaluation of proposals, Dalhousie University became their first choice.  As one of Canada’s most prestigious research-intensive universities, attracting students from across Canada and around the world, Dalhousie is well placed to make a significant national contribution to public policy and governance debates.

“I am pleased and honoured that this contribution has been made to establish an Institute in my name at Dalhousie University,” said Mr. MacEachen, Canada’s first Deputy Prime Minister, a long-time member of Parliament, Senator and representative of Nova Scotia in the Government of Canada; “I look forward with great interest to the work of the Institute and to a positive contribution to public policy debate in Canada.”

“Dalhousie University is privileged to partner with the MacEachen Institute in the development of an institute focused on public policy and governance,” said Dalhousie President, Dr. Richard Florizone. “We see this partnership as an opportunity to build on the significant legacy established by the Hon. Allan J. MacEachen as we move forward with plans for an institute that will engage students, scholars, governments, policy makers, and community members in significant public policy research on a national scale.”

The MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Government is a non-partisan federally incorporated not for profit corporation, formed through a grant of funds from the For the Public Good Trust 2011 to honour the legacy of the Hon. Allan J. MacEachen and pursue his interest in progressive public policy.  The Directors of the Institute are: Mr. David Cameron of Halifax, NS, Ms. Carole Gillies of Antigonish, NS and Mr. David Thompson of Dartmouth, NS.


Media Contacts

Dalhousie University
Brian Leadbetter, Director of Communications
(902) 494-4144

MacEachen Institute
Doug Kirkpatrick
(613) 884-6254


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