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Viewpoint explaining why taxes, fees and charges increase the prices of airfares and make Canadian airports less competitive in relation to American airports

Because 75% of Canada's population lives only 90 minutes from the U. S. border, many regional Canadian airports are in direct competition with their northern American counterparts. This geographical proximity means that airfare prices have become one of the biggest competitive advantages of airports in the quest to attract more passengers. This Viewpoint explains why taxes, fees and charges increase the prices of airfares and make Canadian airports less competitive in relation to American airports.

March 27, 2014

27 March 2014

Research Paper proposing six concrete ideas for reforming Quebec's health care system that are inspired by the experience of OECD countries

There are some especially important lessons to be drawn from the experiences of Germany, England, Denmark, France and Italy, all countries whose health care systems are based on the principle of universal care. In this publication, the MEI is proposing six concrete ideas for reforming Quebec's health care system that are inspired by the experience of these countries. These reform proposals, which are all interrelated, would likely lead to substantial improvements both to the quality of care provided to patients and to their access to that care.

March 13, 2014

13 March 2014

Booklet on Canada’s energy sector

This booklet proposes 40 basic questions people might have about Canada's energy sector and gives them answers which are relatively short, factual, easy to understand, and supported by official sources. They cover as many subjects as possible, in addition to offering information on the energy situation of the various parts of the country.

March 1, 2014

1 March 2014

Economic Note analysing proposals to expand Canadian public pension plans

Do Canadians save enough for retirement? What is the government's responsibility in the matter? All across Canada, these questions have taken centre stage over the past year. Several major public plan reform proposals are being discussed. They all begin with the same observation, that people are not saving enough for retirement, and they all propose similar solutions based on mandatory saving. This Economic Note asks if the diagnosis is correct, and if the proposed solutions are adequate.

February 27, 2014

27 February 2014

Overview of the size of the Quebec government's debt on 2014-2015 Budget Day

Over the last five years, the MEI has published an annual Viewpoint on Quebec government debt on budget day. Continuing the tradition, this Viewpoint also explores what has been accomplished up to now to reduce the deficit and return ultimately to balanced budgets. What happened to cause this target to be missed? Which commitments were respected, and which ones were not? Was it revenue that failed to rise enough, or was it spending that grew more quickly than expected?

February 20, 2014

20 February 2014

Economic Note explaining how taxes on products deemed harmful do not necessarily have the desired effects

"Sin taxes," as they are known, are taxes that are levied on a certain number of products that governments consider harmful like alcohol, tobacco, gambling and certain foods that are high in sugar or fat. In 2012, the average Canadian family paid 5.3% of its total contributions to government in the form of taxes on alcohol, tobacco, entertainment and other excise taxes.

January 22, 2014

22 January 2014

Economic Note offering an overview of the Bitcoin phenomenon and the issues that it raises

Bitcoin digital currency has attracted the regular attention of the financial press for the past several months. Its price fluctuates enormously, influenced by new innovative developments but also by positive or negative decisions by governments and central banks concerning its use. Is the Bitcoin system here to stay and become an integral part of our economic lives? Whatever the outcome of this particular experiment, the innovations made possible by new information technology have the potential to revolutionize monetary and financial matters.

January 15, 2014

15 January 2014

MEI in the Media

Canada's high airfares
Interview with Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, broadcast on March 27 on the Business News Network.

Anglophone philanthropy is an example for Quebec
Op-ed by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, published in The Gazette on April 14.

As part of the MEI's health care research program, our Vice President, Jasmin Guénette, met with patients and health care professionals in order to better understand the positive role played by private medical clinics in Quebec. This short documentary shows that private clinics are responding to a real need and are part of the solution to insure that services are being offered within reasonable time to the population.

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Economic Newsflashes

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