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The word think commonly refers to the persons brain and the actions that it does The word tank can mean many things but often people think of a tank rolling across a open desert The term think tank it just doesnt seem like proper English but it is actually a proper term used on surveying the landscape in Canada Think tanks are actually policy institutes and have been a visible presence on the Canadian political landscape in Canada Think tanks in Canada and for that matter in all advanced industrial and developing countries such as our neighbors to the south the united states of america share a common desire to shape and mold public opinion and public policy They all vary considerably in terms of size resources areas of expertise and the quality and quantity of publications they produce with Canada when comparing to the USA is extremely smaller A think tank may consist of a handful of people involved actively in studying a particular policy area who seek inform and educate policy makers and the public through a variety of channels The majority of think tanks in Canada fall into this category At the opposite extreme a think tank may house several hundred economists political scientists and statisticians who provide expertise on a broad range of issues An example of a think tank is the Security and Defense forum whose mandate is to encourage training of Canadian experts on military and strategic issues in order to respond to present and future security requirements and arouse a nationwide interest in these issues The USA hold some of the largest think tanks in the world Given the tremendous diversity of think tanks that exist in many advanced industrial countries it is not surprising that scholars have consciously avoided trying to define these institutions Indeed other that acknowledging that think tanks are nonprofit nonpartisan organizations engaged in the study of public policy few scholars have outlined other
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