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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?

11 March 2016March 11, 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.

11 February 2015February 11, 2015
François Cardinal, <em>La Presse</em>

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

1 December 2014December 1, 2014
Nicolas Van Praet, <em>National Post</em>

"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."

17 March 2012March 17, 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.”

6 February 2012February 6, 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.

3 February 2011February 3, 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].

27 January 2011January 27, 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...

20 October 2010October 20, 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...

6 September 2010September 6, 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.

27 February 2010February 27, 2010
Sandra Pupatello, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, quoting the MEI before the Public Policy Forum, in Montreal.
"The Ontario-Québec Trade and Cooperation Agreement is especially welcome because of the dynamic of commercial opening that it creates. This is a courageous approach given the protectionist reflex that often comes to the fore in difficult economic times." – Montreal Economic Institute
30 November 2009November 30, 2009
François Legault, Parti québécois MNA for Rousseau, Journal des débats (Commission des finances publiques)
M. le Président, il y a quelques minutes, Michel Kelly-Gagnon a émis un communiqué de presse. Michel Kelly-Gagnon, là, pour que tout le monde le connaisse bien, ce n'est pas un péquiste. Je vous le dis tout de suite, là, Michel Kelly-Gagnon n'est pas réputé, à Montréal et au Québec, pour être un péquiste. Michel Kelly-Gagnon, jusqu'à il y a quelques mois, était président du Conseil du patronat, qui est probablement un des organismes patronaux les plus importants au Québec, et Michel Kelly-Gagnon est actuellement président de l'Institut économique de Montréal, un groupe de réflexion plutôt à droite, un groupe d'économistes qui réfléchit sur la situation au Québec. Donc, Michel Kelly-Gagnon vient d'émettre, il y a quelques minutes, un communiqué de presse avec David Descôteaux, qui est un économiste de l'Institut économique Montréal. Je veux vous lire le communiqué de presse, et j'espère que ça va faire réfléchir, en fin de semaine, le ministre des Finances. Read more...
12 June 2009June 12, 2009
Carole Beaulieu, editor-in-chief, L'actualité

La publication de ce palmarès fait entrer le Québec dans le club des États où plus d’un classement d’écoles est publié chaque année. Les deux instituts qui établissaient depuis huit ans le seul Bulletin des écoles secondaires du Québec — l’Institut Fraser, de Vancouver, et l’Institut économique de Montréal (IEDM) — ont cessé de collaborer l’an dernier, ne s’entendant plus sur la direction que devait prendre leur travail. Ils ont tous deux offert à L’actualité de publier leurs études, désormais différentes l’une de l’autre. Nous avons opté pour le classement de l’IEDM, parce qu’il offrait un regard plus approfondi et plus novateur sur la performance des écoles.

15 November 2008November 15, 2008
James Mennie, columnist, The Gazette
Perhaps the most eloquent argument against Montreal's erecting bridge tolls to finance its own transit network didn't come from a politician or disgruntled motorist but an economist. In March of this year, Mathieu Laberge examined the viability of a return to tolls on Quebec's roads and highways in a paper produced for the Montreal Economic Institute. Laberge stressed that any revenue exacted from toll roads should be directed to the maintenance and improvement of the road where the toll had been placed.
6 June 2008June 6, 2008
Henry Aubin, columnist, The Gazette
[Marcel] Boyer is that rarest of Montreal economists. He regularly makes jargon-free observations on a broad range of topics relevant to the city (past examples include the looming labour shortage, funding of new infrastructure and city hall's high debt). Even if you might not always agree with his views, you'd have to admit they're constructive. Now, in a paper published by the Montreal Economic Institute, of which he is vice-president, he pitches a way to head NIMBY off at the pass.
5 April 2008April 5, 2008
Alain Dubuc, columnist, La Presse
L'Institut économique de Montréal joue souvent un rôle de mouche du coche. Cet organisme de recherche indépendant, qui défend les valeurs d'une économie de marché, pose des questions que le Québec, bien confortable dans son consensus, préfère ne pas trop se poser. L'IEDM lance des pavés dans la mare et brasse un peu la cage. C'est une contribution plus qu'utile.
5 March 2008March 5, 2008
Jean-Marc Salvet, columnist, Le Soleil

Mais même quand ils sont cachés, les coûts sont les coûts. Et nous les payons. Voilà pourquoi il faut souhaiter que le débat relancé hier par l'Institut économique de Montréal se fasse. [...] S'il y a un domaine où, nous semble-t-il, le principe de l'utilisateur-payeur doit exister, c'est bien dans le réseau routier. Il ne suffit pas de dénoncer l'idée de l'IEDM pour croire que la lumière apparaîtra au bout du tunnel. Ceux qui s'y opposent devraient nous dire comment payer l'entretien et la réfection de nos infrastructures routières sans alourdir sans cesse notre dette publique.

4 March 2008March 4, 2008
Jean-François Lisée, executive director of Université de Montréal’s Centre d'études et de recherches internationales, during a debate with MEI’s Marcel Boyer at Christiane Charette on Radio-Canada’s Première chaîne.
Je dois dire qu'ayant tout lu ce qu'ils [l'IEDM] ont publié ces jours-ci [NDLR: «Onze idées-choc pour secouer le Québec»], c'est une contribution très positive. Il y a des choses avec lesquelles je suis d'accord, il y a des choses avec lesquelles je suis en désaccord, mais c'est une base sur laquelle des gens qui viennent des milieux d'affaires et des gens qui sont pour ce que j'appelle la «gauche efficace» peuvent travailler [...] Ce sont des façons d'organiser mieux la société, à la fois pour protéger des droits et pour dégager plus de richesse. (Listen to the debate)
15 January 2008January 15, 2008
Michel Magnant, president of Montréal Stratégique, Le Devoir
Mais en définitive c'est l'appui de la population à une vision particulière qui sera la meilleure garantie de sa réalisation. L'exemple des Lucides de Lucien Bouchard et de l'IEDM (Institut économique de Montréal) est clair à cet égard. Dans une province majoritairement solidaire, ils ont réussi à marquer des points et à influencer les principaux partis du Québec.
7 August 2007August 7, 2007
Jean Charest, Premier and Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, during a Luncheon Speech presented by the MEI
D’emblée, je tiens à vous dire à quel point je pense que le travail que vous faites à l’Institut est un travail très, très important. Au Québec et dans l’espace public, dans les débats que nous avons à faire sur l’avenir du Québec, il est extrêmement important que nous puissions avoir la plus large participation possible. Et une contribution de ceux et celles qui à distance ont l’occasion de réfléchir sur les grands enjeux qui auront un impact sur l’avenir du Québec. Et d’enrichir le débat. Et je suis parmi ceux qui pendant plusieurs années ont constaté qu’au Québec il n’y avait pas suffisamment de contributions venant de différentes écoles de pensée. Ça nous permet d’affronter les idées et de faire, je crois, de bien meilleurs choix pour l’avenir. Et en ce sens-là, l’Institut économique joue un rôle très, très important.
15 March 2007March 15, 2007
Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of the Reason Magazine, Ritz-Carlton (Montreal)

[...] the institute is right to champion "choice and initiative" and "to systematically advocate reforms which leave more room for individual choice and responsibility as well as personal, business, and institutional initiative." It's the only way a free society can function, and the MEI is leading the way in Canada.

21 February 2007February 21, 2007
Beryl P. Wajsman, President, Institute for Public Affairs of Montreal, Institute Bulletin No. 451 - The Policies & Politics of Income Security
The current debate [on whether minimum wage laws are an appropriate tool for realizing income-security] was sparked by an economic note from the Montreal Economic Institute authored by Nathalie Elgrably on “The Minimum Wage and Labour Market Flexibility.” That report focused on the broad issues of labour market flexibility, job creation and income security. In it she questioned whether the minimum wage was the proper tool for ensuring sustained job creation and strengthened economic growth for low-income workers. She didn’t question the goals. Only the tools. Wherever one might stand on the issues of what economic levers are most appropriate to achieve social aims, it is irresponsible for those involved in public policy to reflexively resort to dogmatic denigration whenever a program is questioned. And that was what was most troubling in the near-concerted counter-attack by the champions of the “Quebec model” who painted the MEI, the report and its author as products of a retrograde right-wing and did not even have the intellectual rigour and integrity to address the fact that the report did call for sustained help for workers facing economic instability but merely questioned whether minimum wage hikes were the appropriate tool. This kind of knee-jerk reaction of the “progressistes” is, sadly, what passes for public discourse in Quebec on all issues today. It’s the statist model or nothing. [...]
10 February 2007February 10, 2007
Madsen Pirie, President, Adam Smith Institute (United Kingdom)
"When I addressed the Montreal Economic Institute in November, they assembled some of the top business and political leaders not just of Montreal, but of Canada. I was impressed by the range and authority of those they work with."
16 November 2006November 16, 2006
Joseph Iannicelli, President and CEO, Standard Life of Canada
"I have had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner organized by the Institute ... a non-partisan study and research centre. I support the Institute's work, especially in the health care field. [The speaker] raised a variety of topics, including the Chinese economy, the economic development theories of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, and the influence that Milton Friedman had on his way of thinking."
16 November 2006November 16, 2006
Konrad Yakabuski, "Bloom of the Charest-MEI rose," Globe and Mail, p. B-2

"The MEI, founded in 1999 and with a current annual budget of about $1.5-million, has emerged as the prime intellectual well for the Lucidistes and their ilk."

20 September 2006September 20, 2006
Peter Hadekel, "'Right wing' shouldn't be dirty word: MEI's new chief", The Gazette, p. B-2
"...the Montreal Economic Institute...[is]...still a modest organization, with 10 employees and a budget of just over $1 million. Yet, on some issues, its influence has been disproportionate."
15 September 2006September 15, 2006
Neil Waugh, "Some Kyoto sanity: The Montreal Economic Institute asks tough questions about the impact of the accord." The Edmonton Sun (Business Magazine), p. 60
"The Institute [...] is a refreshing change from most Quebec outfits that usually contribute new and exotic ways of getting more of Albertans' tax money to spend..."
15 January 2006January 15, 2006
Prof. Vernon Smith, 2002 Nobel Prize Laureate for Economics, during a Luncheon Speech organized by the MEI
"It’s a refreshing breeze for this institute to exist in Canada and to do the kind of work it is doing. I think, it makes a very important contribution to the public policy in Quebec.”
8 December 2005December 8, 2005
Adam Daifallah & Tasha Kheiriddin, Rescuing Canada's Right, John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd., 2005, p. 265
"The Montreal Economic Institute is Quebec's leading voice in promoting free markets and sound economics."
25 November 2005November 25, 2005
Michael Walker, Executive Director of the Fraser Institute
The Montreal Economic Institute is a powerful force for good in Canada. By bringing to Quebec policy debate a market-based perspective on issues ranging from school performance to free trade the Institute and its highly respected leader Michel Kelly-Gagnon are making a tremendous contribution to Canada’s future. The Fraser Institute has been pleased to collaborate with MEI and to learn from its research.
10 February 2005February 10, 2005
Ghislain Dufour, former president of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (1986-96) and vice-chairman of the board, National Public Relations, Montreal Business Magazine
"The public profile and credibility that the Montreal Economic Institute has achieved after only five years of existence are extremely impressive. It's unusual for an organization of any sort to reach such heights in such a short time."
31 July 2004July 31, 2004
Michael Carin,"Free Market Thinking - The Quebec-based think tank, celebrating its fifth anniversary, has become a compelling voice in the public policy arena," Montreal Business Magazine
"...the MEI can be said to have exerted an effect on our public discourse much greater than even its most optimistic supporters would have believed possible. [...] In the francophone milieu, and even though it's still a small organization, the MEI has grown to be the largest private think tank in the world. In Quebec, it has become a respected fountainhead of free market ideas related to public policy decision-making. Across Canada its voice is not only heard, but increasingly called upon."
31 July 2004July 31, 2004
Mary Anastasia O'Grady, "Young Canadian Thinkers Challenge the Status Quo", The Wall Street Journal
"[I]n Quebec's largest city, the Montreal Economic Institute is making waves. It researches and sparks debate on a wide range of issues including the quality of public education, health care and regulation, doing so in a province otherwise dominated by the single issue of separatism. Washington's like-minded Atlas Economic Research Foundation says of MEI, "We consider it to be one of the beautiful success stories of recent years in the world of think tanks." MEI is only five years in the making but in March it won the 2004 Templeton Freedom Award for Institute Excellence."
16 July 2004July 16, 2004
L. Jacques Ménard, O.C., Chairman, BMO Nesbitt Burns and President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec
"Meticulous economic analysis is among the best means of avoiding dead-end situations, which end up being costly for everyone. This is the contribution of the Montreal Economic Institute at a time when, unfortunately, protests too often take the place of rational discussion."
15 June 2004June 15, 2004
Allan Gotlieb, Ambassador of Canada to the United States from 1981 to 1989
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the Montreal Economic Institute. This institution, under the leadership of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, has few equals, if any, in the impact it has had on public policy debates in this country in so short period of time. [...] Along with a very few other precious think tanks in our country, it is at the forefront of the thrust of new ideas for social and economic change in Canada."
15 June 2004June 15, 2004
Peter Black, "Private Care? Mais oui!", The Ottawa Sun, p. 15
"The [Montreal Economic] Institute has become an increasingly influential voice for positions that often run counter to the presumed traditional precepts of Quebec society..."
5 June 2004June 5, 2004
David Gratzer, M.D., during a Luncheon Speech organized by the MEI
"I have so much respect for Michel Kelly-Gagnon and the work that he and his staff do. Of course, I'm not the only admiring fan. Some of you may know that the Montreal Economic Institute was just awarded the Templeton Award for 2004, given to just 15 think tanks in the entire world. This in my view is the intellectual equivalent of winning the Grey Cup or perhaps the Tour de France."
1 April 2004April 1, 2004
Maxime Arseneau, Quebec's National Assembly Education Committee Vice-Chair and Member of the National Assembly for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, during the Committe's public hearings on the quality, access to and funding of higher education in Quebec
"It was an extremely interesting presentation [...] This isn't the first time that we've heard your suggestions as many groups that have appeared before us have cited your figures, data and research."
24 March 2004March 24, 2004
Paul Cellucci, US Ambassador to Canada, in a letter
"I was also very impressed by the breadth of your organization's research and publications, especially those that touch on U.S.-Canada priorities. Clearly, you are building an excellent reputation for the [Montreal Economic] Institute."
8 March 2004March 8, 2004
Alejandro A. Chafuen, President & CEO, Atlas Economic Research Foundation
"...your institute represents a strong role model for other think tanks in the international network with which Atlas works. [...] We are thankful for your many efforts to make the Institut économique de Montréal a wonderful example of the kind of institution we want to see flourish in all countries."
26 February 2004February 26, 2004
Claude Castonguay, former Quebec Health Minister, during a Luncheon Speech presented by the MEI
"Your efforts to help people understand how our economy works are extremely valuable. It is important not to look at problems solely in terms of government intervention or restrictive regulations but to highlight the options made possible by competition, the free market and entrepreneurship. I believe the Montreal Economic Institute's work is a great service and that you deserve support and encouragement."
27 January 2004January 27, 2004
Stephen Harper, M.P., Leader of the Opposition & Leader of the Canadian Alliance, in a letter
"I also want to reiterate my strong support for the excellent work that you are doing with the MEI. The Institute has become a distinguished voice in support of the principles of free-markets and their benefits for our society. You should be extremely pleased with what you have accomplished thus far."
16 September 2003September 16, 2003
Diane Bellemare, Finance spokesperson for the Action démocratique du Québec
"L'institut économique le plus crédible au Québec."
20 March 2003March 20, 2003
Jean Charest, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, during a Luncheon Speech presented by the MEI
« Je veux vous dire de vive voix mon appui pour l’Institut. [...] la présence et la création de l’Institut est absolument essentielle pour avoir un vrai débat politique au Québec et pouvoir s’inspirer de nouvelles idées. D’idées qui vont nous permettre, à nous qui sommes à un autre niveau, de s’inspirer et de s’alimenter des choix, des vrais choix que nous avons dans la société québécoise. »
19 February 2003February 19, 2003
Linda Whetstone, chairman of the International Policy Network and board member of Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Institute of Economic Affairs
"The Montreal Economic Institute is not only fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in Quebec but far beyond its borders as well. The MEI brings a new dynamism and urgency to the all important debate on public policies, researching and promoting approaches that genuinely deliver prosperity and long-term welfare."
31 December 2002December 31, 2002
Mike Harris, Premier of Ontario (1995-2002), during a Luncheon Speech presented by the MEI
"The [Montreal Economic] Institute is truly an emerging force in the intellectual life of Quebec and Canada. It is important because it is bringing a fresh perspective on the issues this province faces, a new way of thinking about Quebec’s future. As a Premier of Ontario, I came to know the Institute’s high quality work and its reputation for challenging the status quo."
4 December 2002December 4, 2002
Gillian Cosgrove, National Post
"All political parties in Quebec now use MEI research to score points off each other."
29 June 2002June 29, 2002
Exchange between Jean Charest, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly, and Bernard Landry, Quebec premier, that took place during a parliamentary commission
M. Charest: [...] Si vous me permettez, c'est parce que je veux vous citer une étude qui a été rendue publique en février 2002. Le titre, c'est La Cité, une politique efficace pour la nouvelle économie? C'est par Pierre Desrochers.

M. Landry: Par qui?

M. Charest: Pierre Desrochers, directeur de la recherche de l'Institut économique de Montréal. [...]

M. Landry: [J]e respecte beaucoup M. Desrochers et son Institut. [...] les idées conventionnelles en matière d'économie qu'expriment ces intellectuels peuvent avoir un intérêt théorique. Moi, j'aime encore ça, lire ces choses-là. C'est pour ça que, quand j'entendais le chef de l'opposition me les lire, c'était une redite, pour moi. Je l'avais lu, son papier. [...]

25 April 2002April 25, 2002
Exchange between Monique Jérôme-Forget, MNA for Marguerite-Bourgeoys, and Pauline Marois, vice-premier and minister of Finance, Economy and Research, at the permanent commission on public finances
Monique Jérôme-Forget: [...] M. le Président, si c'était si évident que c'est toujours très bon, il y a eu quand même plusieurs études qui ont été faites, démontrant que ce ciblage systématique au niveau d'un périmètre ou d'un secteur est également problématique. Je vais citer à la ministre l'Institut économique de Montréal, M. Desrochers, qui a fait quand même une analyse intéressante. Il a fait une analyse intéressante du projet, et voici ce qu'il dit, M. le Président: « L'une des conséquences de la révision de cette politique est qu'une portion considérable des crédits d'impôt consentis est investie dans la construction d'immeubles neufs plutôt que la formation. Cette relocalisation d'entreprises se fait aux dépens des promoteurs immobiliers oeuvrant dans des zones non désignées, dont le plus important est paradoxalement le gouvernement du Québec par l'intermédiaire de la Caisse de dépôt et placement. » M. le Président, ce qu'il dit: Au lieu d'offrir des incitatifs fiscaux ciblés, le gouvernement devrait baisser les impôts pour tous et laisser les entreprises décider eux-mêmes, au meilleur de leur jugement, de questions telles que la location de leur entreprise et les liens à développer avec leur milieu.

Pauline Marois: [...] La députée de Marguerite-Bourgeoys soulevait, lisait des commentaires pris dans une publication, là, où on reprochait au gouvernement d'avoir créé des perturbations sur le marché immobilier. C'est vrai, dans une perspective où on était en explosion et où les investissements se multipliaient et les taux d'occupation étaient très bas, la perturbation n'était pas très grande dans le sens où on était, je dirais, dans la même foulée de tout ce qui se faisait déjà à cet égard-là. C'est vrai que le ralentissement qu'on connaît maintenant nous a amenés à revoir, justement, cette perspective d'investissement. Et c'est pour ça qu'on a modifié, entre autres, la question de la Cité du commerce électronique, pour dire: Nous l'avions réservée à des édifices à l'endroit x et maintenant nous pensons qu'il est plus sage de pouvoir ouvrir sur un périmètre plus grand. C'est d'ailleurs ce que nous avait recommandé le centre de développement des études urbaines, c'est ça, l'Institut de développement urbain de Montréal. Alors, ça va dans le sens, oui, des commentaires qui avaient été faits, puis on a corrigé le tir à cet égard-là.

20 November 2001November 20, 2001
Jay Bryan, Business Columnist, The Gazette
"By bringing to bear an intellectually rigorous market-oriented philosophy, the Montreal Economic Institute has added a valuable new perspective to public-policy discussions in Quebec."
31 December 2000December 31, 2000
Brad Lips, Chief Operating Officer, Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Fairfax, Virginia)
"For the past 20 years, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has been helping develop local think tanks across the globe. In 1999, Atlas provided funding to more than 75 institutions from Albania to the United States, from India to Venezuela.

One of the think tanks we helped was the Montreal Economic Institute. We have been particularly impressed by its rapid development during the past year and a half, whether one looks at the number of studies it published, the amount of material available on its Web site, the media coverage it received, or its overall growth.

In fact, we consider it to be one of the beautiful success stories of recent years in the world of think tanks."

1 December 2000December 1, 2000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation's Institute Spotlight
"The product of a fruitful collaboration between Montreal-area entrepreneurs, academics and economists, the Montreal Economic Institute was founded on the belief that the intelligent application of free-market principles in the development of public policy is the key to insuring the prosperity and long-term welfare of society.

Atlas is proud to have been involved in the development of this young institute, which is becoming an important voice in Quebec public policy debates. This fall the institute is gearing up for a busy program schedule, which will include a series of conferences examining the future of health care in Quebec, the problem of interprovincial tariff barriers, and the question of internet taxation. They will also be launching MEI's 2000 Report Card on Quebec's Secondary Schools and Prof. Michel Boucher's study on Hydro-Quebec.

The impressive Montreal Economic Institute Website, which is available in both French and English versions, includes a Virtual Library, containing full-text essays and articles on a variety of subjects – from public policy studies to the history of economic thought."

1 September 2000September 1, 2000
Pierre Bourque, the Mayor of Montreal, closing the Indianapolis mayor's conference organized by the MEI
"I am very pleased with the Institute. Congratulations. It's a great achievement for you, for the first time. I did not know you. I believe that the majority here today did not know you, and you have achieved a most striking, yes striking, start by inviting Mr. Goldsmith to speak here today."
10 December 1999December 10, 1999
Mark Weller, Publisher of Montreal Business Magazine, p. 2.
"The MEI is an increasingly powerful voice in reference to public policy in Quebec and Canada. That's because it has a marvellous habit of producing studies that tend to contradict hoary shibboleths, and turn sacred cows upside down."
1 March 1999March 1, 1999

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