Martin Collacott

Martin Collacott (1933-2018) was for many years a Senior Fellow at The Fraser Institute, where he studied immigration policy, the treatment of refugees, and related issues involving terrorism.

Mr. Collacott had 30 years of distinguished service in the Department of External Affairs for Canada. His assignments included Director General for Security Services and in this capacity he was responsible for the coordination of counter-terrorism policy at the international level. Mr. Collacott represented Canada's Department of External Affairs in Indochina, Hong Kong, Lagos, and Tokyo. During the late 1960s, he served as the Chinese-speaking member of the Canadian negotiating team which established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

Later in his career, Mr. Collacott was appointed as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon, and as Ambassador to Cambodia. In the course of these assignments he had major responsibilities for delivering immigration and refugee programs.

Recent Research by Martin Collacott

— Nov 19, 2013
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This study provides some historical background of issues that have surrounded Family Class immigration, assesses the current issues, and examines the new regulations put forth under Phase I and II of the federal government’s Action Plan for Faster Family Reunification. The study concludes with an assessment of the proposed changes and recommendations for the future.

— Apr 30, 2009
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Fraser Forum is a monthly review of public policy in Canada, with articles covering taxation, education, health care policy, and a wide range of other topics. Forum writers are economists, Institute research analysts, and selected authors, including those from other public policy think tanks.

— May 20, 2008
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In June 2007, the Fraser Institute held a conference in Toronto, Ontario, titled, Immigration Policy, Border Controls, and the Terrorist Threat in Canada and the United States. The chapters in this volume, which arose from this conference, raise fundamental questions about weaknesses in Canada's current immigration policies and procedures.