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Montreal, December 14, 2018 – The federal government will have spent all its revenues for 2018 by around 9 PM on December 15. For the remaining sixteen days of the year, it will have to borrow to pay its bills. Most of the provinces fare better: British Columbia and Quebec, notably, will still have money in the bank long after ringing in the New Year, according to the MEI’s calculations.
14 December 2018December 14, 2018
Montreal, December 12, 2018 – A majority of Quebecers are not prepared to pay more for gasoline due to a carbon tax. As for an “effective” carbon tax, which is to say one that is high enough for the province to meet its environmental objectives, the rate of support is just 2%, shows a Leger poll carried out on behalf of the MEI.
12 December 2018December 12, 2018
Montreal, December 5, 2018 – While the Prime Minister of Canada and his provincial counterparts are getting together to discuss the trade barriers that remain within Canada, the MEI invites politicians who are talking the talk to finally also walk the walk on this issue.
5 December 2018December 5, 2018
Montreal, November 27, 2018 – Sugar is not the cause of the obesity “epidemic” in Quebec or elsewhere, and raising taxes on sugary drinks, as certain groups regularly call for, is doomed to failure, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
27 November 2018November 27, 2018
Montreal, November 20, 2018 – The rapid increase in the minimum wage in Ontario, which jumped from $11.60 to $14 at the start of 2018, has already contributed to the loss of over 56,000 jobs among young workers in the province, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
20 November 2018November 20, 2018
Montreal, November 19, 2018 – On Wednesday, with its economic statement, Ottawa is expected to announce targeted measures to attract investment to Canada and help businesses diversify their exports. The MEI points out again that this will not solve our fundamental competitiveness problem; the government should instead lower corporate taxes in order to restore the Canadian advantage.
19 November 2018November 19, 2018
Montreal, November 14, 2018 – Ottawa must not give in to the siren calls asking the government to intervene more in the market for food. Doing so would undermine innovation in an industry that works well thanks to the freedom to trade, which leads to expanding choice and ever-lower prices for consumers, shows a Research Paper published today by the MEI.
14 November 2018November 14, 2018
Montreal, November 6, 2018 – Contrary to the widely held belief that they systematically oppose projects, numerous indigenous communities have embraced the development of natural resources to improve their quality of life, shows a Research Paper published today by the MEI.
6 November 2018November 6, 2018
Montreal, October 25, 2018 – Provincial and federal elections always bring with them a whole slew of promises. Inevitably, the various political parties propose to further intervene in the economy and in people’s lives. However, a publication launched today by the MEI shows, evidence in hand, that the wealth of a nation depends instead on less government intervention and more economic freedom.
25 October 2018October 25, 2018
Montreal, October 23, 2018 – Instead of announcing targeted measures to attract investment to the country in its next economic update, Ottawa should restore the competitiveness of Canadian businesses compared to their American counterparts by lowering the corporate income tax rate, shows a study published today by the MEI.
23 October 2018October 23, 2018
Montreal, October 11, 2018 – In order to slow the exodus of investments from Canada and improve the competitiveness of Canadian companies, governments should eliminate the discretionary power of politicians to block a project once it has received all necessary approvals, and agencies that do not respect the deadlines prescribed by law should face budgetary sanctions, states a publication launched today by the MEI.
11 October 2018October 11, 2018
Montreal, October 1st, 2018 – The trade deal concluded yesterday between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, according to preliminary information, seems to pave the way for a relatively positive resolution, given its importance for the Canadian economy as a whole, despite some sizable irritants.
1 October 2018October 1, 2018
Montreal, September 18, 2018 – Contrary to a widespread myth, forest harvesting is not synonymous with deforestation and does not threaten the sustainability of our forests, which are actually under-harvested. Thanks to innovation, the forestry industry is more and more productive and our forests are doing better, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
18 September 2018September 18, 2018
Montreal, September 13, 2018 – Entrepreneurship is a hot topic, a buzzword that leaves no politician indifferent. However, political decision-makers should bear in mind that entrepreneurship is affected by fiscal policy. When taxes are high, there are fewer entrepreneurs, and fewer businesses are created, which means that less wealth is created. This is the key takeaway from the Research Paper published today by the MEI, entitled Entrepreneurship and Fiscal Policy – How Taxes Affect Entrepreneurial Activity.
13 September 2018September 13, 2018
Montreal, September 5, 2018 – With the election campaign in full swing, a Leger poll conducted for the MEI shows that Quebecers are largely in favour of having private entrepreneurs enhance the provision of health care, as long as this care continues to be covered by government. A majority also say they are dissatisfied with their health care system and believe the billions of dollars injected into health care over the past 10 years have not produced good results.
5 September 2018September 5, 2018
Montreal, August 30, 2018 – The decision by the Federal Court of Appeal to block the project to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline under the pretext that Ottawa has not consulted the indigenous population adequately shows yet again that the project approval process in Canada is not working and is sending investments fleeing to our competitors.
30 August 2018August 30, 2018
Montreal, August 21, 2018 – Should the government pre-fill your tax return, as certain politicians propose? Such a system, even if its purpose is to simplify things, does not necessarily reduce costs for taxpayers, increases them for businesses and the government, and also entails several adverse effects, shows a study published today by the MEI that looks at the international experience.
21 August 2018August 21, 2018
Montreal, August 16, 2018 – The idea of making higher education “free” resurfaces regularly, echoing among representatives of several political parties. A publication launched today by the MEI shows that such a policy would be costly for Quebec taxpayers, without necessarily leading to more students graduating.
16 August 2018August 16, 2018
Montreal, August 14, 2018 – In December 2017, President Donald Trump cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, effective immediately. While certain critics quickly lamented this policy decision, the President is currently mulling a second round of tax cuts. In this context, the Canadian experience with corporate tax reduction provides a useful comparison, shows a new study released today by the Montreal Economic Institute.
14 August 2018August 14, 2018
Montreal, August 9, 2018 – The President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, Éric Martel, in a letter to the Innu Chiefs, expressed his conviction that the Apuiat project is “not recommendable.” Indeed, this wind farm project would entail losses of $1.5 billion to $2 billion, depending on the duration of the contract. Mr. Martel is acting in Quebecers’ best interests by declaring his significant reserves about this project.
9 August 2018August 9, 2018
Montreal, July 26, 2018 – Issues surrounding the shortage of labour have often been in the news in Quebec of late. Today, a new study from the Montreal Economic Institute shines a light on the “disappearance” of Quebec’s youth.
26 July 2018July 26, 2018
Montreal, July 24, 2018 – The Quebec Superior Court handed down a decision yesterday in the online gaming file: Loto-Québec will not be able to have foreign gambling sites blocked. Beyond the matter of jurisdiction that was before the court, this breach in the government-owned corporation’s monopoly is a step in the right direction.
24 July 2018July 24, 2018
Montreal, July 20, 2018 - After the Supreme Court of Canada missed a golden opportunity to bring down internal trade barriers in April, it fell to the provinces and territories to address the problem. Yesterday, they took at least one small step in that direction by agreeing to increase the amount of alcohol an individual can transport from one jurisdiction to another.
20 July 2018July 20, 2018
Montreal, July 17, 2018 – The employees of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) went on strike this morning for a maximum duration, at the moment, of six days. This walkout once again relaunches the debate over the future of the government-owned corporation.
17 July 2018July 17, 2018
Montreal, July 12, 2018 – For decades, successive governments have attempted unsuccessfully to reduce Quebec emergency room waiting times. Earlier this year, statistics indicated that wait times were falling. But data obtained by the Montreal Economic Institute for a publication released today paint a very different picture.
12 July 2018July 12, 2018
Montreal, July 10, 2018 – The newspaper headlines this morning take note of a Federal Court ruling that gives the federal government complete latitude to block development projects in order to protect at-risk species.
10 July 2018July 10, 2018
Montreal, June 21, 2018 – While thousands of Canadians are preparing to take off for touristic destinations, the air transport industry is weighed down by numerous taxes that raise the price of tickets and reduce its potential for growth, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
21 June 2018June 21, 2018
Montreal, June 13, 2018 – The carbon market, in which Quebec, Ontario, and California take part, will have a negligible impact on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while leading to billions of dollars of losses for the economies of Quebec and Ontario, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
13 June 2018June 13, 2018
Montreal, June 1, 2018 - The Trump administration decided to impose a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum, and 25% on steel. This is a very bad decision. Unfortunately, like other decisions made by the US president when it comes to trade, this one is based on mistaken premises shared by a large number of decision-makers and commentators, deplores the President and CEO of the MEI, Michel Kelly-Gagnon.
1 June 2018June 1, 2018
Montreal, May 29, 2018 – Ottawa’s purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion is a poor solution that once again sends the message that Canada is not very welcoming of investors, deplores the MEI.
29 May 2018May 29, 2018


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