Spring 1987. The news was filled with stories about Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev and Mulroney. There were passionate debates and protests over Nicaragua, the Meech Lake Accord, and the Berlin Wall where Reagan issued the famous line: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
At Simon Fraser University, a small group of students took it upon themselves to start their own independent newspaper to offer students a fresh voice that supported individual liberty and a free economy. They called it "Liberté".
Despite attempts by the university's administration and student government officials to prevent its publication, Liberté became a focal point for the debates on campus that were a microcosm of the larger debates in our society about the role of the state in our lives.
The issues are different today. But the need for a healthy variety of views on university campuses hasn't changed. Today's debates about individual freedom and the role of government are no less important.
Since then, we have all seen the many benefits of a strong free enterprise economy: a more prosperous society, greater opportunities for all and unparalleled innovation. We have also witnessed the many challenges that continue to hinder our economy and society here in Canada and around the world.
We are creating the Liberté Legacy Foundation to support the next generation of students who have an important voice in today's debates about free enterprise and personal freedom.
Now, in the spirit of the times we all shared, and the lasting impact those times have had on all of us, we want to continue supporting that mission by creating a scholarship fund for students who have shown a commitment to understanding and supporting our free enterprise economy.