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www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. Web

Quebec promises to ease rules around volunteering.

April 27, 2017

27 April 2017

Montreal Gazette, p. A8

Small retailers should be allowed to import and sell wine freely, without going through the SAQ.

April 27, 2017

27 April 2017

Viewpoint proposing to allow small retailers to import and sell wine freely, without going through the SAQ

The Quebec government is currently studying various ways of ending the SAQ’s monopoly. The Crown corporation has indeed been the target of multiple criticisms over the years, as much for the prices of its products as for its management and efficiency. Another, less frequently heard but nonetheless important criticism is the lack of space the public monopoly leaves for small entrepreneurs. This latter concern should guide the government in its reflections on the liberalization of the alcohol market.

April 27, 2017

27 April 2017

Do you agree that independent merchants (for example, restaurant owners, wine merchants) should be able to import wine freely and sell it directly to consumers, without having to go through the SAQ? Do you agree that Quebeckers should be able to buy wine in Canada, or elsewhere, without having to go through the SAQ?

April 27, 2017

27 April 2017

www.thehill.com, p. web

The cost of imposing duties on Canadian lumber.

April 18, 2017

18 April 2017

Les Affaires, p. 6

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

April 8, 2017

8 April 2017

Le Devoir, p. A09

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

March 31, 2017

31 March 2017

The Hill Times, p. 14

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

March 29, 2017

29 March 2017

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

From the MEI’s Archives

Economic Note showing how difficult it is for innovative solutions like nurse-led clinics to establish themselves in a bureaucratic health care system

April 12, 2016

12 April 2016

Research Paper explaining the most relevant economic facts and overarching principles that should guide our climate change policy choices

November 12, 2015

12 November 2015

Economic Note explaining the collaborative model of natural resource development that has benefitted, among others, the Cree of Quebec

March 19, 2015

19 March 2015

Viewpoint reiterating the positive effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement for the three countries involved

July 14, 2016

14 July 2016

Research Paper on the public policy approaches to dealing with the illegal economy

October 30, 2007

30 October 2007

Economic Note exploring the legal and regulatory modifications required to clarify Bitcoin's status

May 29, 2014

29 May 2014

Economic Note on the potential of entrepreneurial initiatives in health care

November 24, 2011

24 November 2011

Viewpoint that sketches a picture of payroll taxes in order to better grasp their impact on workers' remuneration

November 13, 2014

13 November 2014

Economic Note estimating the likely costs in terms of jobs and economic activity of conservation measures to protect the boreal caribou

August 20, 2015

20 August 2015

Economic Note on the impact of forcing telephone companies to share access to their infrastructure

May 28, 2009

28 May 2009

MEI in the Media

Let's have independent wine shops in Quebec
Op-ed by Germain Belzile and Mathieu Bédard, respectively senior associate researcher and economist at the MEI, published on April 27 in the Montreal Gazette.

Canadian lumber tariffs needlessly harm US home builders, buyers
Op-ed by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI, and Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders, published on April 18 in The Hill.

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