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La Presse+, p. web
What should be the economic priority of the CAQ government?
8 October 2018October 8, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
What financial frameworks reveal.
17 September 2018September 17, 2018
Toronto Sun, p. 7
The governments approach to entrepreneurship must be rethinked.
17 September 2018September 17, 2018
Huffington Post Québec, p. web
The governments approach to entrepreneurship must be rethinked.
14 September 2018September 14, 2018
Research Paper examining how different fiscal measures influence the decision to start a business
Many try to divorce entrepreneurship from any fiscal questions, claiming that entrepreneurship is basically a passion, and that entrepreneurs start businesses out of love. Yet one of the fundamental aspects of economic analysis is that cost variations are a primary factor in accounting for human behaviour. This paper aims to provide a frank, open discussion of the fiscal measures that affect entrepreneurship.
13 September 2018September 13, 2018

September 5, 2018 | 20 min. 19 sec. | Le Mid (CHOI-FM)

Interview (in French) with Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the fact that Quebecers are among the most taxed in the world.

5 September 2018September 5, 2018
La Presse+, p. web
A balanced financial framework is not synonymous with a wise financial framework.
3 September 2018September 3, 2018
Huffington Post, p. web
The Quebec election campaign.
30 August 2018August 30, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Election promises.
23 August 2018August 23, 2018

August 23, 2018 | 8 min. 50 sec. | La croisée (Ici Radio-Canada)

Interview (in French) with Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns.

23 August 2018August 23, 2018
Le Soleil, p. web
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
22 August 2018August 22, 2018
Montreal Gazette, p. A08
Should the Government Pre-Fill Your Tax Return?
22 August 2018August 22, 2018

August 21, 2018 | 15 min. 29 sec. | Ségal-Lavoie le midi (FM93)

Interview (in French) with Kevin Brookes, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns.

21 August 2018August 21, 2018
Economic Note describing the increased administrative costs and risk of errors involved in having the government pre-fill tax returns
The collection of income tax involves substantial administrative costs, especially in Quebec, which is the only province that requires a separate tax return. In 2011, these costs amounted to $627 million for Revenue Quebec and $4.6 billion for the Canada Revenue Agency. To simplify procedures, some propose that the government pre-fill tax returns instead of taxpayers, a system that is in place in several industrialized countries.
21 August 2018August 21, 2018
Viewpoint showing that abolishing tuition and related costs for college and university would cost taxpayers over a billion dollars without improving graduation rates
The idea of making higher education “free” in Quebec is hardly new, but recently, some politicians have revived the debate by promising to implement such a policy if elected. While this idea may seem attractive at first glance, it would be costly for Quebec taxpayers, would not necessarily lead to more students graduating, and would also be unfair.
16 August 2018August 16, 2018
Washington Examiner, p. web
The impact of the bipartisan effort to reduce Canada’s corporate tax rate.
14 August 2018August 14, 2018
Economic Note describing how the bipartisan effort to reduce Canada’s corporate tax rate led to more business investment, more economic growth, and higher wages
In December 2017, President Donald Trump cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, effective immediately. While certain critics quickly lamented this policy decision, the President is currently mulling a second round of tax cuts. In this context, the Canadian experience with corporate tax reduction provides a useful comparison.
14 August 2018August 14, 2018
The Globe and Mail, p. B4
Canada is stagnating or even losing ground in terms of competitiveness.
11 August 2018August 11, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
Canada is stagnating or even losing ground in terms of competitiveness.
11 August 2018August 11, 2018
Huffington Post Québec, p. web
Canada is much less competitive than it was in the past.
7 August 2018August 7, 2018
The Globe and Mail, p. B04
High Taxes and Fees Penalize Travellers.
25 June 2018June 25, 2018

June 21, 2018 | 9 min. 12 sec. | Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge (770 CHQR)

Interview with Alexandre Moreau, Public Policy Analyst at the MEI, about the many taxes and fees that weigh on the Canadian air transport sector.

21 June 2018June 21, 2018
Economic Note detailing the many taxes and fees that weigh on the Canadian air transport sector, and how reducing this burden would promote its growth
The Canadian air transport sector has experienced significant expansion in recent years. Nonetheless, a multitude of taxes and fees are restricting its potential for growth. Given that favourable conditions are dissipating, especially when it comes to low fuel prices, what can governments do to reduce the fees imposed on transporters, and ultimately on travellers?
21 June 2018June 21, 2018
Le Droit, p. web
High Taxes and Fees Penalize Travellers.
20 June 2018June 20, 2018
Economic Note showing how imposing a price on carbon through cap-and-trade will have a negligible effect on GHG emissions, but a significant impact on the economy
A carbon market, like a carbon tax, aims to modify behaviours in order to reduce GHG emissions by setting a price for them. Although such mechanisms are regularly mentioned in the news, their economic consequences are less often discussed, to say nothing of their effectiveness. Does imposing a price on carbon always reduce emissions, or does it instead displace them, along with the accompanying economic activity? In the two scenarios examined here, the effect on GHG emissions would be negligible, but the economic impact would be significant.
13 June 2018June 13, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The cost of election promises.
31 May 2018May 31, 2018

May 28, 2018 | 18 min. 04 sec. | Le 12 à deux (BLVD 102.1 FM)

Interview (in French) with Mathieu Bédard, Economist at the MEI, about the fall of the Canadian dollar.

28 May 2018May 28, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
An OECD report suggests that Canadians are now paying less taxes than Americans.
8 May 2018May 8, 2018

April 30, 2018 | 5 min. 38 sec. | 100% Normandeau (BLVD 102.1 FM)

Interview (in French) with Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI, about the PQ proposal to have the government fill out all tax returns ahead of time.

30 April 2018April 30, 2018
www.journaldemontreal.com/blogues, p. web
The PQ is proposing to have the government fill out all tax returns ahead of time.
30 April 2018April 30, 2018

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