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

Quebec is blessed in terms of the energy resources available on its territory. Most obviously, there is the province’s vast hydroelectric capacity, which produces 96% of its electricity. This month, the government made public a series of reports suggesting that it might soon be ready to move forward and allow oil development in the province. In light of this news, it is worth reconsidering some of Quebec’s energy choices to see which kinds of policies might enrich, rather than impoverish, Quebec taxpayers.

April 23, 2015

23 April 2015

La Presse, p. A17

Four areas of the health care industry in Canada that are largely private and that work well.

April 7, 2015

7 April 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The maple syrup monopoly in Quebec.

April 4, 2015

4 April 2015

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

Northern Quebec overflows with mineral resources whose development could generate substantial economic activity. To derive benefits from these resources successfully, businesses, the government and local communities—many of which consist of Aboriginal populations—must collaborate in order for everyone to have an interest in the economic success of development projects.

March 19, 2015

19 March 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. web

Digital supplies and the tax system.

March 17, 2015

17 March 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. web

Safe transportation of oil.

March 10, 2015

10 March 2015

Montreal Gazette, p. A15

Loto-Québec and the changing market.

March 9, 2015

9 March 2015

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/youri-chassin, p. web

Safe transportation of oil.

February 28, 2015

28 February 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The idea of a "deep-freeze" on public spending.

February 13, 2015

13 February 2015

Economic Note analyzing the positive impact of economic freedom on prosperity and on various social indicators such as health, education, life expectancy and life satisfaction

In the years since the financial crisis of 2008, the free market has taken a beating in the marketplace of ideas. Yet the simple fact remains that the more economic freedom a government leaves in the hands of its people, the better off those people are, not only in terms of basic material well-being, but also in terms of social and individual indicators of human wellbeing. This Economic Note provides a brief overview of economic freedom around the globe.

February 12, 2015

12 February 2015

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

How subcontracting would allow a reduction in the cost of police services.

February 3, 2015

3 February 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

How subcontracting would allow a reduction in the cost of police services.

January 29, 2015

29 January 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Call for more regulation in the restaurant industry.

January 28, 2015

28 January 2015

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Everyone will benefit from ride-sharing applications.

December 18, 2014

18 December 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The costs of an accelerated transition toward green energies and the willingness of Canadians to pay these costs.

December 16, 2014

16 December 2014

Research Paper evaluating the costs of an accelerated transition toward green energies and the willingness of Canadians to pay these costs

Policies designed to accelerate the transition to green energy sources are usually presented in terms of their benefits, whereas costs are rarely discussed. This Research Paper proposes to fill this gap in the public debate. It examines the costs of proposals made by the Quebec environmentalist groups Équiterre and Vivre en ville for rapidly reducing oil consumption, as well as the willingness of Quebecers and other Canadians to pay those costs.

December 11, 2014

11 December 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

Internet targeted advertisements.

December 4, 2014

4 December 2014

www.quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/youri-chassin, p. Web

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by subsidizing electric cars.

December 1, 2014

1 December 2014

www.huffingtonpost.ca/michel-kellygagnon, p. Web

The cost of wireless telephone service in Canada.

November 27, 2014

27 November 2014

The Gazette, p. A17

Ride-sharing applications like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, and their benefits.

November 25, 2014

25 November 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

Ride-sharing applications like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, and their benefits.

November 24, 2014

24 November 2014

Le Journal de Montréal, p. 55

Everyone will benefit from ride-sharing applications.

November 22, 2014

22 November 2014

Viewpoint describing how everyone will benefit from ride-sharing applications

Ride-sharing applications like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are currently revolutionizing the urban transportation industry. By allowing taxi drivers to find clients more rapidly, and other individuals to offer transportation services more easily, these technologies could lead to considerable improvements for customers. Sensible economic policy should avoid hindering their adoption by consumers while compensating those who are negatively affected by obsolete government regulations from the past.

November 21, 2014

21 November 2014

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

Of all the components of taxation in Quebec, payroll taxes are without a doubt the least well-known among the general public. While employees may indeed notice a discrepancy between what they receive and what their employers pay out, it is difficult to fully understand the reasons for this. Nor do employees know the magnitude of the sums that their employers must pay to the taxman in addition to the salaries they are paid. This Viewpoint aims to clarify the issue of payroll taxes in order to better grasp their impact on the remuneration of workers.

November 13, 2014

13 November 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

To what extent should tobacco products be taxed?

November 6, 2014

6 November 2014

Economic Note proposing solutions in the debate on municipal pension plans

The pension plans of municipal employees across the province of Quebec face deficits totalling $3.9 billion. For certain municipalities, pension plan contributions have exploded over the past few years. The Quebec government recently introduced a bill whose purpose is to ensure the sustainability of these plans, but that does not call into question their underlying principles.

October 9, 2014

9 October 2014

La Presse, p. A16

The funding deficits of municipal pension plans in Quebec.

October 3, 2014

3 October 2014

Viewpoint explaining that the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector does not justify more interventionist measures

There are several myths going around regarding the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector. According to critics, the lack of competition compared to other industrialized countries means that Canadians are among those who pay the most for their services ‒ services, moreover, that are of poor quality. The MEI recently delved into this subject in some detail. As a new round of CRTC hearings begins, during which wholesale roaming fees will be debated, we are revisiting the matter briefly in order to contribute to a more balanced debate.

September 29, 2014

29 September 2014

www.blogues.journaldemontreal.com/iedm, p. Web

The carbon market.

September 24, 2014

24 September 2014

Financial Post, p. FP11

The government's micromanagement of the Canadian telecommunications sector.

September 18, 2014

18 September 2014

From the MEI’s Archives

Viewpoint explaining that the state of competition in the Canadian wireless sector does not justify more interventionist measures

September 29, 2014

29 September 2014

Overview of studies about the positive impacts of coordination agreements between air carriers

February 9, 2012

9 February 2012

Economic Note describing some of the most important contributions of pharmaceutical research to the betterment of health conditions over the past century

June 18, 2014

18 June 2014

Overview of the function of pharmaceutical companies’ promotional activities

September 28, 2011

28 September 2011

Research Paper on the economic impact of agricultural marketing boards

August 28, 2012

28 August 2012

Economic Note on supply management policies in the taxi industry

August 25, 2010

25 August 2010

Economic Note on executive compensation policies

January 20, 2010

20 January 2010

Economic Note on the regulation of advertising for certain products

June 16, 2011

16 June 2011

Economic Note on the effects of regulation of prices and service offerings of Internet service providers

June 4, 2009

4 June 2009

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

November 13, 2014

13 November 2014

MEI in the Media

Resourceful Earth Day (celebrate freedom, innovation)
Op-ed by Pierre Desrochers and Jasmin Guénette, respectively Associate Researcher and Vice President at the MEI, published on April 22 in Master Resource.

Why you never wait to see a dentist
Op-ed by Yanick Labrie, Economist at the MEI, published on April 17 in the National Post.

Waiting lists are a persistent problem in the health care systems of Quebec and Canada, contributing to the deterioration of patient health and quality of life. As part of its health care research program, the Vice President of the MEI, Mr. Jasmin Guénette, met with patients and medical professionals in order to better understand the harmful effects of waiting lists.

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