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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
Montreal, May 28, 2018 – Environment and Climate Change Canada recently published a report criticizing the measures taken by the provinces to protect the boreal caribou. If Ottawa decides to intervene, it must take into account the economic costs of protection measures and the realities of each province.
28 May 2018May 28, 2018
Montreal, May 8, 2018 – Critics of wireless prices in Canada regularly claim that these are among the highest in the world, but such comparisons are simplistic and misleading, argues the 2018 edition of The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry, published today by the MEI.
8 May 2018May 8, 2018
Montreal, May 3, 2018 – On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, a publication launched today by the MEI shows that this freedom is intimately connected to the degree of economic freedom that prevails in a country.
3 May 2018May 3, 2018
Montreal, May 1st, 2018 – The MEI is extremely happy to announce the nomination of Marcel Boyer, one of the most eminent economists in Canada, as Distinguished Senior Fellow.
1 May 2018May 1, 2018
Montreal, April 26, 2018 – With the population aged 75 and older expected to double by 2031, the government should rely more on entrepreneurs to meet seniors’ demand for housing and care, shows a publication launched today by the MEI.
26 April 2018April 26, 2018
Montreal, April 24, 2018 – The bad news just keeps piling up for Ontario, with a provincial election just around the corner. Not only has a key ratings agency just downgraded the province’s financial outlook from “stable” to “negative,” but the Ontario government’s borrowing costs are, for the very first time, higher than those of the Quebec government.
24 April 2018April 24, 2018
Montreal, April 19, 2018 – The Supreme Court missed a historic opportunity to free the Canadian economy from its numerous trade barriers. In its unanimous decision, handed down today, the highest court in the land decided to maintain the status quo, deplores the MEI.
19 April 2018April 19, 2018
Montreal, April 19, 2018 - After having aired on PBS affiliates in the United States and Canada, the fourth season of the Free Markets Series is now available online for the entire internet community to enjoy. Six new 30-minute episodes can be found in the dedicated series web library, and on social media networks.
19 April 2018April 19, 2018
Montreal, April 16, 2018 – This Thursday, the Supreme Court will hand down a historic decision that could revolutionize the Canadian economy by helping to bring down many trade barriers between the provinces.
16 April 2018April 16, 2018
Montreal, April 9, 2018 – Kinder Morgan has announced it is suspending “non-essential” activities and investments for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. This follows a series of abandoned large infrastructure projects in the country and once again sends the wrong message that Canada does not welcome investors, points out the MEI, which is pushing Ottawa to act to stop the hemorrhaging.
9 April 2018April 9, 2018


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