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La Presse+, p. web

Two examples of measures that would be beneficial to consumers and producers on both sides of the border.

March 23, 2017

23 March 2017

Economic Note explaining the benefits of exempting Canadian softwood lumber from tariffs and opening up the agricultural sectors under supply management to American producers

During the American election campaign, Donald Trump criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement on several occasions, going so far as to call it “a disaster,” and he clearly stated his intention to renegotiate it. Although the new president is wrong to target it as the source of the economic ills afflicting his country, it is true that NAFTA could be improved.

March 23, 2017

23 March 2017

The Province, p. 10

Regulating ride sharing companies in Vancouver.

March 14, 2017

14 March 2017

Le Soleil, p. 19

The lack of a clear, agreed-upon definition of social licence is a threat.

March 10, 2017

10 March 2017

www.cartt.ca, p. web

Discount wireless services providers and their use of the Big Three’ wireless network.

March 9, 2017

9 March 2017

National Post, p. FP11

The lack of a clear, agreed-upon definition of social licence is a threat.

March 7, 2017

7 March 2017

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

The federal government should withdraw from the health sector.

March 1, 2017

1 March 2017

Economic Note exploring how the lack of a clear, agreed-upon definition of social licence is a threat to economic development projects and to the rule of law

The criterion of social licence is a part of every debate surrounding economic development projects, especially when these include impacts on local communities or on the environment. And yet, this new concept is poorly understood, and mentioned nowhere in the law. Certain controversial projects, like pipelines or uranium mines, illustrate the potential pitfalls of social licence and remind us that the demands of some players frequently go beyond this framework.

March 1, 2017

1 March 2017

The Globe and Mail, p. B04

The threat of a renegotiation of our trade relations with the United States still exists.

February 25, 2017

25 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Simpler and less costly regulation for food trucks in Montreal.

February 22, 2017

22 February 2017

www.vancouversun.com, p. web

The federal government should withdraw from the health sector.

February 21, 2017

21 February 2017

Viewpoint showing how a decentralization of health care decisions would increase the opportunities for experiments and discoveries of best practices and ways of delivering services

Since last fall, the Canadian health care system has once again become a source of bickering. The federal government, which is a significant funder of the provinces’ health programs, wants to limit the rate of increase of its transfers and force provinces to spend on specific areas like mental health and home care. The territories and certain provinces have bowed to pressure from Ottawa, but four of the five most populous provinces are still refusing the federal offer. While it is political in nature, economic analysis of this conflict can provide some useful insights.

February 21, 2017

21 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Quebec must not interfere in the management of reward programs.

February 20, 2017

20 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

The normal retirement age should be reviewed.

February 20, 2017

20 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Is free trade good for all?

February 17, 2017

17 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Many women's products are sold at a higher price than products targeting male customers.

February 17, 2017

17 February 2017

La Presse+, p. web

The chronic underfunding of the Quebec university system.

February 15, 2017

15 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Health care funding in Canada.

February 10, 2017

10 February 2017

La Presse+, p. web

How to improve access to private funding for small businesses.

February 10, 2017

10 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

How to improve access to private funding for small businesses.

February 9, 2017

9 February 2017

Montreal Gazette, p. A6

How to improve access to private funding for small businesses.

February 9, 2017

9 February 2017

Viewpoint describing how a small change to income tax rules could both expand the savings options of Canadians and improve access to private funding for small businesses

Created in 2009, Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) provide a flexible savings option. But 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 are the perfect tool for this.

February 9, 2017

9 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

The city is reducing the number of parking spots on the Plaza St-Hubert.

February 8, 2017

8 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Donald Trump and NAFTA.

February 7, 2017

7 February 2017

National Post, p. FP7

The concepts of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

February 3, 2017

3 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Restrictions on the sale of wine in grocery stores or convenience stores.

February 2, 2017

2 February 2017

www.huffingtonpost.ca/jasmin-guenette, p. web

Provinces need to reduce their needlessly heavy regulatory burdens. 

February 1, 2017

1 February 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

The absurd laws that govern the construction industry.

January 31, 2017

31 January 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Pressure groups are blocking the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project.

January 31, 2017

31 January 2017

www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Quebec announces measures to keep businesses' headquarters in the province.

January 30, 2017

30 January 2017

From the MEI’s Archives

Research Paper on the economic impact of agricultural marketing boards

August 28, 2012

28 August 2012

Research Paper analyzing various aspects of the Canadian telecommunications industry related to competition

May 5, 2016

5 May 2016

Viewpoint illustrating how supply management hurts low-income Canadian households

August 31, 2016

31 August 2016

Economic Note on regulation of securities trading and related activities in Canada

January 17, 2008

17 January 2008

Economic Note describing the impact of staffing services on the flexibility of the labour market

November 7, 2013

7 November 2013

Viewpoint describing how gentrification, when combined with sound housing policy, helps everyone, including the poor

July 28, 2016

28 July 2016

Viewpoint contrasting the economic costs or benefits of select energy choices for the province of Quebec

April 23, 2015

23 April 2015

Economic Note explaining how regulating credit card loyalty programs would have unintended consequences that would harm consumers instead of helping them

January 28, 2016

28 January 2016

Viewpoint contrasting the widespread costs and concentrated benefits of softwood lumber protectionism

September 15, 2016

15 September 2016

Economic Note providing an overview of the shale gas development debate from the point of view of landowners

May 27, 2015

27 May 2015

MEI in the Media

In the coming budget, Quebec must keep promise to reduce taxes
Op-ed by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, and Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, published on March 24 in the Montreal Gazette.

Create level playing field between taxis, competition
Op-ed by Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, published on March 14 in The Province.

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