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Denis Lebel (Conservative MP for Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec)

Mr. Speaker, Canada is not in a recession. This is no time to borrow money that will have to be repaid indefinitely by our children and grandchildren.

I would like to once again quote the Montreal Economic Institute, which said, “The best way to stimulate growth is to remove obstacles for entrepreneurs and innovators by reducing taxes and the regulatory burden.”

Of course, we on this side of the House agree with that.

Can the Minister of Finance tell us what taxes he will raise in order to be able to balance the budget?

March 11, 2016

11 March 2016

Carlos Leitao (Quebec's finance minister)

« J’appuie beaucoup vos commentaires, c’est un peu rafraîchissant. Nous avons entendu beaucoup de groupes. Votre opinion diffère de celles qu’on a entendues avant. Je dois vous dire que c’est beaucoup plus proche de ce que moi je pense. De ce côté-là, on finit en beauté, on dirait. »

Reacting to the MEI's submission regarding Bill 28, presented before the members of the Committee on Public Finance at the National Assembly. Quoted by Michel Pepin, Radio-Canada.

February 11, 2015

11 February 2015

François Cardinal, La Presse

"Uber a réussi à rallier l'Institut économique de Montréal et... Steven Guilbeault, c'est dire."

December 1, 2014

1 December 2014

Nicolas Van Praet, National Post

"With a staff of nine full-time employees and an annual budget of less than $2-million, the MEI has hit a nerve in Quebec's collective conscience."

March 17, 2012

17 March 2012

Mrs. Shelly Glover (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, CPC)

(...) This is what Louis Fortin, a certified human resources professional and associate researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute, said about this bill:

This bill will allow unionized employees to have a better understanding of the way in which the money from their union dues is managed and spent. Even though they already have the right to ask their representatives for [financial statements], union members could have easier and anonymous access to this information thanks to this new law.

Jasmin Guénette, vice-president at the Montreal Economic Institute, has also added that Bill C-377 is “good news for Quebeckers, who are 94.6% in favour of the detailed disclosure of unions' financial information, according to a recent Nanos poll.”

February 6, 2012

6 February 2012

Les Productions du Rapide-Blanc, Media Release

Produit sur plus de trois ans avec la participation d’une vingtaine d’experts en énergie, le documentaire Chercher le courant est solidement documenté auprès de sources réputées fiables comme Hydro-Québec, l’Agence de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec, [...], l’Institut économique de Montréal, le Programme des Nations Unies sur la diversité biologique, l’Agence spatiale canadienne, Statistiques Canada, le Ministère ontarien de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et des affaires rurales, et l’Atlas éolien du Canada.

February 3, 2011

3 February 2011

Réjean Parent, president of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (the third most important labour union in Quebec)

[...] the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) is able to disseminate its ideas by spreading its tentacles, as an octopus would do, in traditional media outlets and social networks, by multiplying the diverse platforms [in which it appears].

January 27, 2011

27 January 2011

House of Commons Debates - Oral Questions

Hon. Michael Ignatieff (Leader of the Opposition, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, instead of offering to help Canadian families who are suffering and tightening their belts, the government is prepared to give a $6 billion gift to already-profitable corporations. How does the government explain its choices to hard-pressed Canadian families?

Right Hon. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister, CPC): Mr. Speaker, the reality is that corporate tax rates were set a long time ago. Now the Liberal Party is proposing to increase taxes for this country's major employers. The vice-president of the Montreal Economic Institute said that one of the measures proposed by the official opposition, increasing taxes for major employers, will be disastrous for Canadian workers and the economic recovery. Read more...

October 20, 2010

20 October 2010

Joseph Facal, former Parti Québécois minister, Le Journal de Montréal

Au Québec, pendant longtemps, seuls les gens d’affaires et quelques animateurs de radio tenaient un discours de droite, généralement dépourvu de subtilité. L’Institut économique de Montréal était la seule institution qui travaillait à lui donner une respectabilité intellectuelle. Read more...

September 6, 2010

6 September 2010

Michel David, columnist at Le Devoir, on the MEI's influence.

La «création de la richesse», qui fera l'objet du prochain colloque du PQ les 13 et 14 mars, était totalement absente du programme de 2005, comme de la «feuille de route» d'André Boisclair en 2007. Au PQ, on a toujours préféré parler de lutte contre la pauvreté. Quand il était question de richesse, c'était pour débattre des façons de la redistribuer. Comme si elle existait a priori. (…) C'est seulement au conseil national de mars 2008, à Saint-Hyacinthe, que la «création de la richesse» est devenue un engagement du PQ, au grand déplaisir du SPQ libre, qui s'était vivement opposé à l'élimination de la taxe sur le capital et à la baisse du taux marginal effectif d'imposition des entreprises. «C'est déjà le programme du PLQ, de l'ADQ, et surtout de l'Institut économique de Montréal», avaient fait valoir ses porte-parole habituels, Marc Laviolette et Pierre Dubuc.

February 27, 2010

27 February 2010

MEI in the Media

The CRTC is not ready for the Internet of Things
Op-ed by Martin Masse, senior writer at the MEI, and Paul Beaudry, associate researcher at the MEI, published on May 22 in The Globe and Mail.

How Government Can Often Make The Environment Worse
Op-ed by Jasmin Guénette, Vice President of the MEI, published on May 19 in The Huffington Post.

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