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Citizens Against Government Encroachment -- Citoyens Anti Gouvernement Envahissant




2006 Essay Contest

The 2006 Essay Contest has been postponed as our sponsor for this year's event had to withdraw.  The topic has been chosen, and will be announced as soon as we have teamed up with a new sponsor and the prize money has been guaranteed. We have not control over this delay, and to our regret, it may mean that the 2006 Essay Contest gets pushed into 2007.

Those wishing to get a head start would do well to note that familiarity with John Stuart Mill's On Liberty will be a great asset in performing well in this essay.

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Please note that we receive many queries for information about this essay contest.  Unfortunately, all the information that we can reveal at this time is contained herein.

2005 Essay Contest

"Everyday Liberties in 21st Century Canada" $1,000.00 Essay Contest

C.A.G.E. (Citizens Against Government Encroachment) and the Montreal Economic Institute were happy to present their first co-sponsored annual essay contest.

Essays were submitted from all over North America on the subject of "individual liberties" in the modern Canadian context.  We accepted essays  written in French and in English.

The winners were announced on November 26th, 2005 at a large party sponsored by Mychoice.ca at the club "Patrovys".

First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

And the winning essays are ...

This autumn 2005, C.A.G.E. received 30 essays from students and citizens across Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia.    The essays were reviewed by economists, political scientists, business people, and one professional editor as well as one editor in training. Many essays were very good, and all were extremely interesting to read. It was with great difficulty that the selection was finally narrowed down to the three winning essays listed to the left.  We also included one more essay, as an honourable mention, due to the high quality of the research, style and argument.  We encourage all of the contestants to participate in the next contest. 

Many thanks to the Montreal Economic Institute, to Monchoix.ca, to the judges and to all the participants for making this first contest a success.

The C.A.G.E. team.