Atlantic Institute for Market Studies

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The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), is [1] "an independent, non-partisan social and economic public policy think tank based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It examines such crucial issues as public education, health care, public finances, equalization, natural resources, Atlantica and demographics."

As its name suggests, it takes a generally pro-free-market anti-regulation stance on many public issues, including private participation in Canadian health care. It argues for the Atlantica (trade zone), essentially closer trade and investment ties with (and deregulation in synchronization with) New England and New York (which its critics describe as a race to the bottom in protections for the public. The Atlantica Party shares some of these positions but is not formally allied to AIMS.[citation needed]

AIMS is sometimes described as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick's east-coast version of the Alberta/BC Frontier Centre for Public Policy. The two organizations cooperated in releasing simultaneous "report cards" for schools in March 2011 [2] [3]. It is sometimes described as a right-wing response to GPI Atlantic and positions taken by Council of Canadians and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and ecology NGOs such as Sierra Club of Canada, Ecology Action Centre and Greenpeace.

Online presence[edit]

AIMS research and publications can be found online at It is visible in business directories [4], LinkedIn [5], Facebook [6], YouTube [7] and Twitter (@AIMSTweets).

Board of Directors[edit]

As of 2013:

John Risley, Chair

Purdy Crawford, Chairman Emeritus

John F. Irving, Past Chair

Charles R. Cirtwill, President & CEO

Douglas G. Hall, Vice Chair

Andrew Oland, Vice Chair

Fae Shaw, Secretary

Elaine Sibson, Treasurer

Bob Owens

David Hooley

Don Mills

Dennice Leahey

Greg Grice

Jason Shannon

Jonathan Norwood

Leo Power

Louis J.Maroun

Scott McCain

Mary Keith

Malcolm Fraser

Maxime St-Pierre

Nancy Tower

Paul Antle

Peter Woodward

Robert Campbell

Stephen Emmerson

Tim Banks


Some reports on AIMS funding are available from OpenCharity [8]. However information is minimal because finding out where think tanks get their money from is exceedingly difficult in Canada because they are not required to disclose who funds them, and the Canada Revenue Agency does not list all recipients of grants from a charitable foundation (unlike in America, where this information can and is retrieved by organizations like MediaMatters" [9] and critically analyzed by SourceWatch and other institutions open to public input.