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Montreal, July 13, 2017 – The centralizing approach of Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, of which his Bill 130 and the MUHC board of directors crisis are representative, is at the very heart of the recurring problems affecting Quebec’s health care system for the past three decades.

Indeed, trying to plan the development of the health care system and centralize decision-making, as Quebec has been doing, is a project that’s doomed to fail and that will not solve the problem of wait times, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

13 July 2017July 13, 2017

Montreal, June 22, 2017 – While Quebec and Ontario are trying to stimulate the sale of electric vehicles any way they can, an Economic Note published today by the MEI shows that subsidizing the purchase of such vehicles is the least efficient and most expensive way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

22 June 2017June 22, 2017

Montreal, June 20, 2017 - The antidumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber that will be announced Friday by the United States, which could be as high as 10%, will once again penalize Canadian workers and American consumers, according to calculations carried out by the MEI.

20 June 2017June 20, 2017

Montréal, June 19, 2017 - L'IEDM invite fortement le gouvernement en place à poursuivre ses efforts pour moderniser le système de santé et rappelle l'importance de mettre en place, de pair avec le financement à l'acte, des indicateurs de performance dans les hôpitaux.

19 June 2017June 19, 2017

Montreal, June 15, 2017 – The Quebec government is missing the mark by trying to centralize the provision of hospital care, as is the case once again with Bill 130. Indeed, a Viewpoint published today by the MEI shows that Quebec would have an interest in following the example of Sweden, which has a decentralized model.

15 June 2017June 15, 2017

Montreal, June 6, 2017 - With the Ontario government releasing a five-year action plan to move the province toward a universally accessible child care system, the MEI warns that Quebec's child care system is flawed and should not be copied.

6 June 2017June 6, 2017

Montreal, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – While Quebec has just announced that it will not impose a tax on foreign buyers, British Columbia and Ontario should take a step back and abolish those that they put in place. These kinds of measures, like rent control, are ill-advised responses to price increases in the housing market, and risk making the problem worse, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

6 June 2017June 6, 2017

Montreal, June 1st, 2017 – Compensating farmers who paid for production quotas with the revenue from a temporary tax would allow the government to abolish supply management in the dairy, poultry, and egg sectors, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

1 June 2017June 1, 2017

Montreal, May 18, 2017 - With Ottawa unveiling its new carbon tax, the MEI points out that this measure will increase the tax burden on Canadian households, and it is calling on the government to offset this effect by lowering taxes.

18 May 2017May 18, 2017

Montreal, May 17, 2017 – More Quebecers prioritize Western Canadian oil for its imports. They would rather exploit their own oil resources and favour pipelines as a means of transporting oil. Released today, the Leger poll, commissioned by the MEI, follows up on a similar poll carried out a year ago. 

17 May 2017May 17, 2017

Montreal, May 12, 2017 – Yesterday evening, the MEI presented the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise to Mr. Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products. “We award this medal to individuals who defend free enterprise, among other things by standing up to lobby groups that attempt to undermine economic end entrepreneurial freedom. And on this count, this year’s recipient is quite a fighter!” says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI.

12 May 2017May 12, 2017

Montreal, May 4, 2017 – The highest court in the land has just agreed to hear the case of Gérard Comeau, a New Brunswick resident accused of having illegally “imported” alcohol from Quebec in 2012. It is a decision that could eventually lead to the elimination of trade barriers between the provinces.

4 May 2017May 4, 2017

Montreal, May 4, 2017 – The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), which will soon revolutionize every aspect of our economy and our lives, will force Ottawa to reconsider its telecommunications priorities and policies, argues the 2017 edition of The State of Competition in Canada’s Telecommunications Industry, published today by the MEI.

4 May 2017May 4, 2017

Montreal, April 27, 2017 – While the government is studying various ways of ending the SAQ’s monopoly, a Leger poll commissioned by the MEI shows that a large majority of Quebecers support at least two specific aspects of the liberalization of the province’s alcohol market.

27 April 2017April 27, 2017

Montreal, April 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Commerce is about to announce its decision concerning tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber. At the moment, the industry is expecting tariffs of from 25% to 40%.

24 April 2017April 24, 2017

Montreal, April 12, 2017 – When Bixi celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2019, the bike-sharing system will have cost Montrealers over $60 million. A Viewpoint published today by the MEI details this bill for taxpayers and asks if this was the best way to promote the use of bicycles.

12 April 2017April 12, 2017

Montreal, April 7, 2017 – After several years of difficult negotiations, the federal government is on the verge of announcing a new agreement to liberalize trade between the provinces.

7 April 2017April 7, 2017

Montreal, March 27, 2017 – With the next provincial budget due in the coming days, the government must honour its promise and give some relief to taxpayers, who have suffered through an avalanche of taxes and contributions of all kinds in recent years, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

27 March 2017March 27, 2017

Montreal, March 23, 2017 – With the United States on the verge of reopening NAFTA, Canada should seize this opportunity to open its agricultural markets, and in return ask for full access to American markets for its softwood lumber, argues an Economic Note published today by the MEI.

23 March 2017March 23, 2017

Montreal, March 20, 2017 - With the next federal budget just around the corner, the MEI wants to remind the government that running budget deficits in order to stimulate the economy is a policy which is doomed to failure, and which can even have the opposite effect.

20 March 2017March 20, 2017

Montreal, March 10, 2017 - After a months-long wrestling match, Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta have all reached agreements with the federal government in terms of health care funding. The fact that Ottawa has decided to respect Quebec's autonomy, if not that of the other provinces, is good news. However, the deeper problem remains.

10 March 2017March 10, 2017

Montreal, March 1st, 2017 – The notion of social licence has become an essential feature of all debates surrounding economic development projects. Yet this new concept with no clear definition, mentioned nowhere in the law, can lead to significant pitfalls, according to an Economic Note published today by the MEI.

1 March 2017March 1, 2017

Montreal, February 21, 2017 – In order to improve Canada’s public health care systems, Ottawa should withdraw from this sector and let each province decide for itself the best ways to provide services to its population, argues a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

21 February 2017February 21, 2017

Montreal, February 9, 2017 – TFSA rules forget about small businesses, shows an MEI Viewpoint published today suggesting that the category of qualified investments be expanded. Large corporations are already well-served by various investment vehicles; it is now time to think of small companies as well. Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) are the perfect tool for this.

9 February 2017February 9, 2017

Montreal, February 8, 2017 – The federal government has just announced financial assistance to Bombardier in the form of a $372.5-million loan to support the C Series program and to develop the Global 7000 business jet. Even though Ottawa is showing a certain degree of caution in not giving the aerospace giant a billion dollars, as it has been requesting for several months, the MEI points out that corporate subsidies create major distortions in the economy.

8 February 2017February 8, 2017

Montreal, February 2, 2017 – After having been broadcast in the United States and Canada on PBS affiliates, the third season of the Free Markets Series is now available online for the entire Internet community. As of today, four new 30-minute episodes can be found on the dedicated series web library, and on social media networks as well.

2 February 2017February 2, 2017

Montreal, January 26, 2017 – While issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability regularly make the news, the MEI is publishing today an Economic Note clarifying these concepts and evaluating their impact on companies and on society in general.

26 January 2017January 26, 2017

Montreal, January 18, 2017 – Alors que plusieurs groupes de pression incitent le gouvernement du Québec de suivre l’exemple d’Ottawa et d’étendre le Régime des rentes du Québec (RRQ), l'IEDM rappelle qu’il s’agirait d’un cadeau empoisonné pour les travailleurs, qui subiraient les coûts d’une telle politique. Une bonification du régime public se traduira par une augmentation des contributions déduites à la source, tant celles des travailleurs que des employeurs.

18 January 2017January 18, 2017

Montreal, January 18, 2017 – For a fourth year in a row, Oxfam is denouncing the concentration of wealth among the most fortunate 1% on the planet. The problem is that its report, An Economy for the 99%, is once again as dishonest as it is mistaken. To be precise, the report’s statement that “eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world” is based on accurate data, but on misleading calculations. 

18 January 2017January 18, 2017

Montreal, January 12, 2017 – President-elect Donald Trump’s recent declarations about wanting to impose tariffs at the U.S.-Mexico border to protect the American auto industry pose a threat to the Canadian industry and the thousands of jobs that depend on it, shows a Viewpoint published today by the MEI.

12 January 2017January 12, 2017

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